Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife has struck a multi-title deal with streaming giants, Netflix. The deal is to create two original series, multiple films and a series which will be licensed to the streaming service.
The producer and media mogul, Mo Abudu, has proven to be one of the most successful media personalities in the Nigerian film industry and in the African creative space. Now, EbonyLife signs a deal with Netflix.
Mo Abudu originally started as a professional recruitment consultant in the UK back in 1987. Since the 2000s, Mo Abudu has continued to excel; from her daytime show ‘Moments with Mo’ to building EbonyLifeTV in 2012. In the feature film space, Mo Abudu went on to produce some of Nollywood’s box office movies of all time including The Wedding Party 1 & 2, Fifty and the Wedding Party. She has risen to become one off the most trusted names in Nigerian entertainment household.
Among the highlight details of Mo Abudu, EbonyLife deal with Netflix will be a film adaptation of two Classic literature texts – Death and the King’s Horseman by Nobel Prize Winner, Wole Soyinka and a series based on Lola Shoneyin’s debut novel “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.” To be premiered on Netflix in 2020.
In addition to these titles, EbonyLife will also be producing a slate of original shows created by EbonyLife exclusively under license to Netflix.
This is not the first time Mo Abudu has explored original African content with foreign sponsorship. In 2018, EbonyLife struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce three series, with the first project set to relive the story of the female warriors of the ancient West African kingdom of Dahomey.
With these, Mo Abudu says she hopes to tell African stories at a time when African stories need to be told. With Netflix having over 183 Million viewers in 190 countries, this is more exposure for Africa and Nigerian creatives.
Dorothy Ghettuba believes, “Mo Abudu is at the forefront of creative storytelling in African Television” and it is evident in her impressive body of work.
“As a Nigerian storyteller,” Mo Abudu says, “my biggest motivator has always been to tell authentic and untold stories that resonate with every person, regardless of where they’re from in the world while showcasing our culture, heritage and creativity. This unprecedented partnership is testament to Netflix’s investment in African Storytelling”