The Nigerian Kunle Afolayan expands its partnership with Netflix Nollywood with three new films News
Nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan has signed a deal with Netflix to direct three new films in his home country.
The first title will be an adaptation of the 2010 novel Swallow by Nigerian-American writer Sefi Atta about a naive secretary who, after a series of career problems, considers her roommate’s offer to work as a drug mule in Lagos in the mid-1980s .
Afolayan described another title as “a story of folklore and fantasy”; and a third that deals with dementia, but with an African spiritual influence.
According to Afolayan, Swallow is 95% filmed and post-production is in progress. He worked with Atta to adapt her words for the screen.
“It’s very authentic to Africa,” said Afolayan. “People have told different stories about drug trafficking, substance abuse, and pressure, but nobody here has done it all.”
“Nigeria is a very productive industry market that ranks third in the world,” said Ben Amadasun, Netflix content director for Africa. “It makes sense that as we grow in Africa, Nigeria should be one of the focus markets – especially at the beginning.”
Netflix launched in Nigeria in 2016 and has since shown several Afolayan films on its platform, including The CEO, October 1st, The Figurine and Citation from last year.
Last year, streamer Netflix launched Naija, a platform for the development, production and display of Nigerian features and series from the country’s industry known as Nollywood.