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Netflix Announces First Original Nigerian Series

This comes just after the U.S-based streaming giant launched Netflix Naija.



Popular media-services provider Netflix has announced the production of its first original African series to be headlined by Nollywood director, Akin Omotoso.

This would be a six-part series that features an all-star Nollywood cast of Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and many others. 

Directed by a team of Akin Omotosho, Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi, the series tells the story of a reincarnated goddess who seeks to avenge her sister’s death.

This announcement comes just after the U.S-based streaming platform unveiled Netflix Naija on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

In a statement with Premium Times, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos revealed that “movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosians have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies. 

“So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

Over the past year, Netflix has featured a number of Nollywood movies on its streaming platform. Among such movies include the culturally and commercially successful King of Boys, October 1, The Figurine, Mokalik, and Merry Men. 

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Entertainment Post Covid | Nigerian Cinemas Count Losses



It’s been months since COVID-19’s initial impact on the industrial sectors of the economy, resulting in losses among many businesses and complete shutdown of others.

The film industry was not spared and cinemas across the globe have also paid a huge price.

The Nigerian Cinema industry is believed to have lost about N8bn in revenue according to Filmone co-founder, Moses Babatope.

News Central spoke with the Executive Director of Genesis Cinema, Opeyemi Ajayi on the current struggles and the future of the Cinema business in Nigeria.

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Kampala to Host 2021 MAMA Awards



MTV Africa has announced that its music awards in 2021 will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda.

The music television station made the announcement on Wednesday in a conference held simultaneously in South Africa and Uganda.

MAMA Awards 2021 is to be hosted in partnership with Uganda “The Pearl of Africa”.

The announcement of venue of the award was disclosed in a virtual press conference broadcast from Johannesburg and Kampala by Monde Twala and Craig Paterson, Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers at ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA), The State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda at Ugandan Ministry of Tourism and CEO of the Ugandan Tourism Board, Lilly Ajarova.

The Question and Answer session featured Ugandan music stars, Sheebah Karungi, Bebe Cool and South African rapper, Nasty C.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President of VCNA said: “We are excited to bring this amazing showcase to audiences across the continent and globally with an innovatively re-imagined awards show and celebration.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, content production has embraced innovation as the new gold and we are excited to take Africa to the World and showcase its immense talent and culture as we stage the biggest music awards show on the continent.”

See Categories in MAMA awards;

  1. Best Female
  2. Best Male
  3. Best Group
  4. Best Breakthrough Act
  5. Best Collaboration
  6. Best Hip Hop
  7. Best Alternative
  8. Best Ugandan Act
  9. Best Lusophone Act
  10. Best Francophone Act
  11. Best International Act
  12. Video of the Year
  13. Song of The Year
  14. Artist of the Year
  15. Alone Together Lockdown Performance
  16. Listeners Choice
  17. Best Fan-Base Award
  18. Personality of the Year
  19. MAMA Legend Award
  20. MAMA Generation Change Award

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Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Mali’s Tinariwen Receive Grammy Nomination



Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’ has received a 2021 Grammy nomination in what is the musician’s second straight selection.

Burna Boy’s second Grammy nomination on the trot was expected, as the title of his album represents everything he has become in the last one year.

The strategy behind the TAT album was to corner global attention to the quality of Burna Boy’s music. In the album, he had P-Diddy and Timbaland work with him on some songs and throughout the production of the album.

He must feel a level of vindication for his choices.

After the success of his ‘African Giant’ project, which earned him his first Grammy nomination, Burna Boy will walk with his head held high, should he win the much-coveted award but this won’t come easy.

Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall album has been nominated alongside “Fu Chronicles” — Antibalas, “Agora” — Bebel Gilberto, “Love Letters” — Anoushka Shankar and “Amadjar” — Tinariwen, all of whom will be deserving winners of the award.

He’ll slug it out in the Best Global Music category with another African group, Tinariwen, a Tuareg music group from Northern Mali.

Tinariwen group

Tinariwen was formed in 1979 and has won many awards. The globally-reputed group was nominated for its 2019 project, Amadjar.

Recall that Burna Boy lost to Beninoise singer, Angelique Kidjo in the same category in the 2020 Grammy Award.

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