Global video streaming platform, Netflix in partnership with MO Abudu has announced plans for the long-expected Nollywood originals in coming months.
This follows the launch of its Nigeria subsidiary, Netflix Naija, in February. It revealed in a tweet that the outcome would be book adaptations of the works of two indigenous novelists.
Netflix has partnered with Mosunmola Abudu (Mo Abudu), media personality and founder of EbonyLife TV, to produce these classics. The partnership is also expected to bring to life two new originals, a series and other licensed movies.
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Titilola Shoneyin’s debut novel published in 2010 will be produced in form of a series, while Wole Soyinka’s 77-paged play, Death and the King’s Horseman is to be converted to a movie.
Nine years before Forbes named her “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” in 2015, Mosunmola Abudu, with no prior TV experience, started Moments With Mo, the first Pan-African talk show born out of the desire to change the global perspective on Afric
She went from having a full time job with ExxonMobil, quit after nearly a decade. She started a privately owned HR development company followed by the opening of several chain of businesses .
At 40, she ventured into media with the start of Moments with Mo and for years was a daily watch for many Nigerians home and in diaspora. Pressed by the need to produce more contents in regards to African storytelling, she launches Ebonylife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle newtwork in 2013.
The channel was producing over 1000 hours of original programming each year as it aired in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean. Less than a year into operations, EbonyLife TV, was ranking among the top 25% of most-watched channels on DStv platform.
She has bagged partnership deals and changed the narrative of the African storytelling industry. She is Africa’s foremost storyteller and has continuously proven to set standards for the industry. In her words:
“We are so excited about our partnership with Netflix, totally unprecedented, this is the first multiple deal to be done with an African and Nigerian production company. It’s historical and groundbreaking.”
Mo Abudu is redefining the future of entertainment in Nigeria and Africa.