- Netflix has signed a multi-title deal with Nigerian producer Mo Abudu for a slate of series and films.
- Through the partnership, Abudu via her production company EbonyLife will create two series and multiple films.
- They include Adaptations of Wole Soyinka’s play ‘Death and the King’s Horseman
Netflix has signed a multi-title deal with Nigerian producer Mo Abudu.
Among them will be the adaptations of Lola Shoneyin’s novel ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ and Wole Soyinka’s 1975 play ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’
The story is based on a real incident that took place in Nigeria during British colonial rule.
Here’s everything you need to know about Mo Abudu and Netflix
- Mo’ Abudu to create two Nigerian Original series and multiple Netflix-branded projects licensed from her production company EbonyLife
- A major highlight of this partnership will be the on-screen adaptations of literary works by two critically-acclaimed Nigerian authors
- A series based on contemporary author, Lola Shoneyin’s best-selling debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and a film adaptation of Death And The King’s Horseman, a play by 1986 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature, author, poet & playwright, Wole Soyinka.
- What did Wole Soyinka said About Mo’ Abudu?- “In a creative industry which, even in pioneering countries, is so male dominated, it is always a delight to see robust challenges offered by the female gender, and of attestable quality. Mo Abudu’s incursion into this arena as film and television producer has been especially stimulating. It becomes part of one’s sense of achievement, if one has contributed, however minutely, to the creation of an enabling environment.”
- What did Lola Shoneyin said About Mo’ Abudu? – “I was thrilled when Mo contacted me about making a show out of my novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. I’d turned down so many offers but this one felt right. It was an opportunity to see my work in the hands of a woman who pursued excellence in Africa in the same way that I did. I grew to trust her very quickly, so when she told me about the possibility of working with Netflix, I was overjoyed. Soon, people everywhere will have access to the story of Baba Segi. And that is more that I could have asked for as a writer.”
- What did Mo Abudu said about the movie? – “As a Nigerian storyteller, my biggest motivator has always been to tell authentic and untold stories that resonate with every person, regardless of where they’re from in the world while showcasing our culture, heritage and creativity”
“We’ve got MAJOR news for you today! Netflix has partnered with acclaimed producer Mo Abudu to bring you two of Nigeria’s most beloved literary classics to screens around the world!” Netflixannounced on Friday.
To confirmed the report, Mo Abudu took to Twitter said; “Good morning beautiful people Red heartTwo heartsSparkling heartHeart with ribbon. Such great news to share with you today Smiling face with smiling eyesGrinning face with smiling eyesSlightly smiling face
EBONYLIFE today has made history as the first African and first Nigerian production company to sign a multiple deal with Netflix. #NetflixEbonyLifePartnership”