The owner of Ebony Life Tv, Mo Abudu has bagged a partnership deal with American media streaming service, Netflix, the company announced that it will partner her to create new content from the west African nation.
According to the partnership deal, Mo Abudu would work with Netflix to create two original series by Nigerian authors, Lola Shoneyin and Wole Soyinka.
Netflix disclosed that Lola’s debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives,” will be developed into a series.
Also, Soyinka’s play titled “Death and the King’s Horseman,” would be adapted into a film.
While reacting to the partnership deal, Soyinka expressed delight over how Mo Abudu has been thriving in the male-dominated filmmaking scene.
Also, Shoneyin, said she is happy that her work is going to be depicted through a partnership with Abudu and Netflix.
Netflix Partners Mo Abudu
The deal was contained in a statement released by Netflix’s lead for original series in Africa, Dorothy Ghettuba on Friday, June 12.
Netflix said it decided to partner with Abudu because of her passion for creating high-quality, riveting multi-genre films as it also promised to support Mo in bringing diverse Nigerian stories to the world.
While reacting to the partnership deal, Abudu said the partnership is a testament to Netflix’s investment in African storytelling.
You will recall that Netflix had in 2015 paid $12 million for the worldwide distribution rights of “Beasts of No Nation,” a movie which starred Idris Elba.
Also in February, Netflix announced its presence in Nigeria through a new Twitter account, Netflix Naija.
With the partnership, Ebony life production has emerged as the first production company to sign a multiple deal with Netflix.