Popular video streaming platform, Netflix has announced plans for the highly anticipated Nollywood originals in the coming months. This is coming after the unveiling of its Nigeria subsidiary, Netflix Naija, early this year. According to Netflix, the outcome would be book adaptations of the works of 2 indigenous novelists.
“The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives”, Titilola Shoneyin’s debut novel released a decade ago will be produced in the form of a series. At the same time, Wole Soyinka’s famous story, “Death and the King’s Horseman” will be told in the way of a movie.
In a recent statement, Netflix revealed that it is set to collaborate with Mo Abudu, owner of EbonyLife TV, to unveil some classics. The collaboration will most likely birth 2 new originals, a series, and other licensed films. Mo Abudu was the brain behind “The Wedding Party (2016),” Nigeria’s highest-grossing movie.
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It is a good move from Netflix, and it will surely put Nigerian movie contents out there. However, the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) plan to shake-up Pay TV and video-on-demand (VoD) platforms might affect Netflix’s readiness to invest in Nollywood. NBC recently revealed its amended version of the 6th edition of its broadcast code that might put the investment of PayTv and video-on-demand platforms at risk.
This new amendment will ensure every online broadcaster that is registered with the Commission does not make its content exclusive, forcing all companies concerned to sub-license content at regulated prices.
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