In 2018, Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, Lionheart became Netflix’s first original film from Nigeria. Now, after unveiling the Netflix Naija Twitter account, the streaming giant has announced its first Nigerian series.
The untitled six-part drama will be helmed by acclaimed director, Akin Omotoso (Vaya). Daniel Oriahi (Sylvia) and C.J. Obasi (Ojuju) will direct alongside Omotoso, while Dami Elebe (Skinny Girl In Transit) will co-write.
The Lagos-set series will follow the story of Kemi, a goddess reincarnated as a human to avenge her sister’s death. But first, she must learn how to harness her superpowers to defeat her enemies and save her family.
Ade Laoye and Kate Henshaw are the series leads, and they are joined by an impressive supporting cast that includes: Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Ireti Doyle, Tope Tedala, Bimbo Akintola, Kehinde Bankole and more.
About making more Nigerian content, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos said:
“Movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosian have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies.
So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in [more Nigerian] stories — bringing them to audiences all around the world.”
Netflix’s first African original series, Queen Sono from South Africa just premiered to acclaim from critics. Hopefully, Nigeria’s first series, which currently has no release date, will enjoy a similar fate when it drops.