FG lauds Netflix, Ebonylife TV partnership as boost for creative industry


The Federal Government has described the partnership between Nigerian filmmaker, Mo Abudu, and American streaming giant, Netflix, as a big boost for Nigeria’s creative industry.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the partnership for on-screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and The King’s Horseman’ and Lola Shoneyin’s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ came at a time when the industry needed to rebound from the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Coming after Netflix’s first Nigeria original film, Lionheart, this is a great recognition of the immense creative talents that abound in Nigeria and the provision of a global platform for Nigeria storytelling,” the minister said.

Mohammed expressed hope that the deal would herald the beginning of a bigger, mutually-beneficial working relationship between the streaming service and
Nigeria’s creatives.

It was reported that Netflix on Friday announced that it signed a deal with Mo Abudu.

Shoneyin’s debut novel would be developed into a series, and Soyinka’s play would be adapted into a film.

Mo Abudu, who owns a movie production company, EbonyLife TV, said, “It truly is time to tell our stories and I am super pleased that we have an opportunity to do this now in partnership with the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 183 million paid members in over 190 countries.”

Reported by: Vincent Paul

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