The global streaming entertainment service provider with over 183 million paid memberships in over 190 countries, Netflix has partnership with owner of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu, to bring two of Nigeria’s literary classics from book to screen.
This was disclosed by Netflix on its Twitter handle @NetflixNaija on Friday morning saying Mo Abudu’s Ebony Life TV will also produce “two new Nigerian Originals plus licensed films AND a series for Netflix!”.
The new deal will see both partners bringing a series-adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” and a film-adaptation of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s “Death And The King’s Horseman”, to screen.
EbonyLife TV was launch in 2012, the first fully Nigerian-owned entertainment channel to be carried on South African pay-TV platform DStv, and later ventured into feature film production, producing successful titles like The Wedding Party.
📣We’ve got MAJOR news for you today! Netflix has partnered with acclaimed producer @MoAbudu to bring you two of Nigeria’s most beloved literary classics to screens around the world! 📚🎥 pic.twitter.com/3zAE4zAndH
— Netflix Naija (@NetflixNaija) June 12, 2020
Nigeria Goverment: Netflix, Mo Abudu partnership boost for creative industry
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.
The minister expressed hope that the deal would herald the beginning of a bigger, mutually-beneficial working relationship between the streaming service and Nigeria’s creatives.