Global streaming service Netflix has lined up a number of Nigerian titles to launch this month.
They include crime caper flick Ojukokoro (arriving on Netflix on April 9), street hustler documentary Awon Boyz (April 14), adventure drama Doctor Bello (April 16), action thriller Oloibiri (April 21), romantic drama This Lady Called Life (April 23) and survival flick Seven (April 30).
Ojukokoro follows the story of a cash-strapped manager in a money-laundering petrol station who decides to rob the petrol station that employs him. It is directed by Dare Olaitan, produced by Olufemi Ogunsanwo and stars Linda Ejiofor, Wale Ojo, Zainab Balogun, Oyetoro Hafiz and others.
Awon Boyz is a 38-minute documentary exec produced by Steve Babaeko. It provides a picture of life for people living on the streets and follows the story of eight ‘area boys’ in Lagos.
Doctor Bello is directed by Tony Abulu and tells the story of a cancer specialist who tries to save a seven-year-old boy. It stars Genevieve Nnaji, Rachael Oniga, Stephanie Okereke-Linus and Femi Brainard.
Oloibiri is an action thriller directed by Curtis Graham and looks at how oil companies and government agencies exploit newly discovered oil in the historic town of Oloibiri. Nollywood stars Olu Jacobs and Richard Mofe Damijo feature.
This Lady Called Life tells the story of an ambitious cook who aspires to become a chef despite the fact she is a young, struggling single mother. It stars Jemima Osunde, Bisola Aiyeola, Paul Utomi, Asaah Samuel and Tuke Morgan.
Lastly, Seven follows a rich and irresponsible man who has to survive seven days in Lagos neighbourhood Ajegunle or lose his inheritance. It stars Sadiq Daba, Richard Mofe Damijo, Bimbo Manuel and Daddy Showkey.
Netflix has stepped up its activities in Nigeria recently, not only licensing Nollywood and other locally produced movies but also commissioning original Nigerian films.
These include Òlòtūré from Ebonylife, Citation from Golden Effects Pictures and King of Boys II, the sequel to Kemi Adetiba’s 2018 crime thriller.