The Federal Government has commended the partnership between Nigerian filmmaker, Mo Abudu, and American streaming firm, Netflix, describing it as a big boost for Nigeria’s creative industry.
The commendation was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
The Minister of Information and Culture 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’ is coming at the right time considering the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the creative industry.
“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.
It would be recalled that Netflix on Friday announced that it signed a deal with Mo Abudu to developed into a series Shoneyin’s debut novel and the adaptation of Soyinka’s play into a film.
Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian media mogul and owner of a movie production company, EbonyLife TV, known for producing ‘The Wedding Party’ one of the most viewed movie in Nigerian film industry(Nollywood).
Announcing the partnership Abudu 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.”