Netflix has sought to increase its footprint on the continent in the last couple of weeks through the launch of its first series, Queen Sono and the announcement of Netflix Naija.
Going a step further than its acquisition of African content, it’s now focusing on original production via a partnership deal with British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega. The deal will see the two partner to produce a number of non-English films focusing on East and West Africa under the actor’s production company UpperRoom.
The films will be in non-English languages and focus particularly on East and West African countries.
Announcing the deal, Boyega said;
“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories, and my team and I are excited to develop original material. We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.”
VP of International Film at Netflix David Kosse said;
“Africa has a rich history in storytelling, and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world.”
We look forward to seeing the results of the partnership and what it could mean for African storytelling.