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Netflix orders first Nigerian original drama

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Netflix has ordered its first Nigerian original drama.

The untitled series will be directed by Vaya helmer Akin Omotoso, alongside Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi.

Starring Kate Henshaw and Ade Laoye, the series follows Kemi, a goddess reincarnated as a human to avenge her sister’s death. But first, she must learn how to use and harness her superpowers to defeat her enemies and save her family.

Produced by Rifi Pictures, the producers of Tell Me Sweet Something and Material, the series takes place in modern-day Nigeria. The commission follows the debut of Queen Sono, Netflix’s first original series from Africa.

Dorothy Ghettuba, manager of international originals, who oversees the stream’s push into the continent, said in statement: “Our continent has a wealth of diversity, multiplicity, and beauty in stories that have yet to be told and we want to be top of mind for creators in Nigeria, especially when it comes to stories they haven’t had a chance to tell yet.”

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added: “Movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosian have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies. So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

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