. To do on-screen adaptions of Soyinka’s, Shoneyin’s works
Netflix says it has signed a deal with Nigerian movie producer, Mo Abudu.
The America streaming giant, on Friday, announced this via its verified Twitter handle.
Abudu’s partnership with Netflix will include on-screen adaptations of literary works by the Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and award-winning author, Lola Shoneyin.
But while Lola Shoneyin’s debut novel, “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives,” will be developed into a series, Soyinka’s play, “Death and the King’s Horseman,” will be adapted into a film.
Netflix said Mo Abudu, who owns a movie production company, EbonyLife TV, would work with the team at Netflix to produce the two new Nigerian originals plus licensed films and a series.
Mo Abudu wrote on Instagram, “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. We really are truly changing the narrative and I am so grateful.
“The deal signed by EbonyLife with Netflix is unprecedented and groundbreaking on our continent.
“We will over the next few years produce two major IP titles – “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” by the super talented writer, Lola Shoneyin and “Death and the King’s Horseman” by Africa’s first Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.”
📣We’ve got MAJOR news for you today! Netflix has partnered with acclaimed producer @MoAbudu to bring you two of Nigeria’s most beloved literary classics to screens around the world! 📚🎥 pic.twitter.com/3zAE4zAndH
— Netflix Naija (@NetflixNaija) June 12, 2020