Netflix in collaboration with EbonyLife Studios has announced the arrival of the much-anticipated series Blood Sisters, slated to air on the 5th of May 2022. The series, a four-part crime thriller directed by Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang is the first original Nigerian series on the streaming platform Netflix.
This exciting new series follows two friends Sarah played by Ini Dima-Okojie and Kemi played by Nancy Isime. Sarah’s dreamy relationship with Kola, her fiancé, played by Deyemi Okanlawon rubs Kemi the wrong way, but despite her friend’s misgivings, Sarah is ready to pull through with the wedding. However, this is not to be as we watch a series of catastrophic events completely change everything.
Blood Sisters explores physical and substance abuse, commitment and relationships, intra-family relationships, love, and the test of friendship against all odds. Set in the busy city of Lagos, this series is right at home in the city, bringing to light various socio-economic conditions constantly battled within Africa’s largest city.
Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife studios describes Blood Sisters as a crime thriller. She explained that the series had very challenging yet exciting prospects. “It was also a particularly unique and intense experience as we shot during the pandemic, but we remained committed to the vision we share with Netflix – to tell authentic and exciting African stories with superb production values,” said Mo.
Blood Sisters is coming after the 2020 multi-title partnership between Netflix and Mo Abudu, through her media conglomerate EbonyLife Media. The aim of this partnership is to represent quality Nigerian stories on the streaming platform, with the 2019 blockbuster Òlòturé released under this partnership. Set to follow is the adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman.
Blood Sisters is nothing short of star-studded, featuring many Nollywood greats including Ramsey Nouah, Kate Henshaw, Uche Jombo, Segun Arinze and Joke Silva as well as film heavyweights Nancy Isime, Ini Dima-Okojie and Deyemi Okanlawon, amongst others. Fast-rising stars to catch in this new series include Wale Ojo, Gabriel Afolayan, Kehinde Bankole, Daniel Etim Effiong, Keppy Ekpenyong-Bassey, Maurice Sam, Ibrahim Suleiman, Toke Makinwa, and Okey Uzoeshi.