Netflix streaming service announced earlier this year its plan of creating Africa based entertainment to work on more original content celebrating the diversity of the diaspora.
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, spoke on a multi-country trip across the continent to engage with local creators touting plans of creating originals shot in various African countries.
“I’ve learned so much in the very short time we’ve been here…(and) I’ve just been thrilled to be surrounded by some of the most creative and successful creators in the world here in Nigeria, telling your stories to the world. And that’s the thing that’s most exciting about…what we’re doing in Africa, and what we’re doing in Nigeria.”
The new collection will feature over 100 titles based throughout the African continent from Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, Sierra Leone, and more.
“We’re excited to celebrate African stories and storytellers,”
says Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s director of Licensing and Co-productions for Africa.
“We hope that by making these ‘Made in Africa’ titles easily available we will help ensure they are watched around the world.”
Titles ranging from Netflix originals like South Africa’s Queen Sono staring Pearl Thusi and Senegal’s critically acclaimed Atlantics to previously acquired films like Nigeria’s Chief Daddy to the Malawian-based film The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind in addition to documentaries of real-life stories on the continent.