It was long overdue for Netflix to officially be in Nigeria. For christ sake, we are the largest population in Africa, what took Netflix so long before they could get to dive into the Nigerian mainstream? Well, Netflix is here, and Nigerian-Netflix originals are coming.
I was scrolling through Twitter when I suddenly saw the Netflix Naija account. Of course, I was so happy. It was verified, and I jumped to the page to “follow”. The account had about 30k followers already.
This move for the account is expected, especially since Pulse Nigeria reported that Netflix is looking to invest more in Nigerian originals. In other words, Netflix is in Nigeria.
The tweet by the account, captioning an image of 14 Nollywood persons made my smile in glee.
“N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood. N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you are are looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly… hello, Nigeria!”
That right there, is how you make an impression! I give it to the handler of the Netflix Naija account. Again, Netflix is here.
Netflix has experienced competition from the likes of HBO, Disney, Apple TV, etc. All wanting to take a share of the streaming services revenue. Netflix has dominated this industry, but since they were being threatened at home, it’s only right to come to capture more of Nigerian hearts they already have. Right?
Immediately swinging to work, I was happy to see Dami Elebe contracted to work on the first Original show of Netflix Naija. We don’t know the name of the show yet, but we do know some things
The first original show will be directed by Akin Omotoso (Maker of PunchNCream – streaming on Netflix), co-written by Dami Elebe (writer of Skinny Girls in Transit), Co-directed by C.J Fiery Obasi (A member of the Creative Artists Agency – the company that represents James Cameron). The show will be co-produced by Lala Akindoju.
Now, coming to casts, you can be sure to find the likes of Kate Henshaw and Joke Silva.
Family, I don’t know about you, I’m super excited that all these are happening now. Nollywood is here to stay, and we appreciate the hard work of everyone that has done so much to sacrifice when it was in its humble state. Welcome to Nollywood. By the way, Netflix, welcome to Nigeria, we are sure you will enjoy your stay.