Netflix is doubling down on Nigerian content by expanding its partnership with local filmmaker Kunle Afolayan.
The streamer has showcased his previous films including The CEO, October 1, The Figurine and more recently Quote, and will now commission three new films from the filmmaker: a historical drama, a folk fantasy and a character drama.
All three photos will take place in Nigeria. The first will be an adaptation of the third novel by Nigerian-American novelist Sefi Atta, Swallow, about a naive secretary who, after a series of career problems, considers her roommate’s offer to work as a drug mule in the mid-1980s in Lagos. The films will also debut exclusively on Netflix globally.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s Africa Content Director, made the deal. The banner has now been in Nigeria for five years.
“There has never been a better time for us, when you have so many Nigerian stories shown to the whole world,” Afolayan said.
“We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved anywhere… Nigeria has a prolific film industry, and it makes sense that when we grow up in Africa, Nigeria is one of the target markets,” he said. added Amadasun.