Netflix has been on a roll since it announced plans to finally start investing in original content from Arica.
Making the announcement in 2018, the company’s vice president of international originals, Erik Barmack, said the streaming service is “in the process of looking at opportunities in Africa. It’s definitely the case that we’ll commission some series there in…2019.”
This was quickly followed by news of ‘Queen Sono,’ Netflix’s first original series from Africa, ‘Lionheart’ by Nigeria’s Genevieve Nnaji, a Zambian animation series called ‘Mama K’s Team 4,’ South African series ‘Blood and Series,’ and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Malawi-shot directorial debut, ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.’
Now, Netflix is adding to its growing slate of African content with its first African reality TV series — ‘Young, Famous and African.’
Created and executive produced by Peace Hyde, the show takes the audience into the lives of some of the biggest stars on the continent.
Sharing the news online, Hyde who is a famous tv host and journalist wrote, “We are making African history-telling our stories and I am so honoured, excited and ready! It’s been a lot of sleepless nights and early mornings but the dream has finally paid off. Excited to finally share that I am a creator and executive producer of the first-ever Netflix Original African Reality TV series ‘YOUNG, FAMOUS AND AFRICAN’ starring this phenomenal superstar cast.”
From Nigeria, we have Annie Macaulay Idibia and Swanky Jerry. Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania, South African superstars Nadia Nakai, Khanyi Mbau, Andile Ncube and Naked DJ are some of the remaining stars attached to the show.
The show will be released globally to 190 countries and over 200 million subscribers.