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Netflix orders first Nigerian series

The cast of Akin Omotoso’s upcoming Netflix drama

Global streamer Netflix has commissioned its first Nigerian original series, to be helmed by Nollywood director Akin Omotoso alongside Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi.

The supernatural drama, which is yet to be titled, is set in modern-day Nigeria and will be shot in Lagos by Rififi Pictures.

The series tells the story of Kemi, a goddess reincarnated as a human to avenge her sister’s death. However, she must learn how to use and harness her superpowers to defeat her enemies and save her family from destruction.

It will feature Nollywood actors including Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and Ayoola Ayolola.

Dorothy Ghettuba, who leads African originals at Netflix, said: “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.”

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

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