In the past few months, America streaming giant, Netflix has been working 25 hours to penetrate into the African movie industry. It appears that the streaming giant has foreseen the future and is doing all possible means to dig dip into the African entertainment industry.
With the acquisition of “Lion Heart” by Nollywood veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2018) which debuted on 4th of January, 2019 with an undisclosed fee; the International company has sealed a mage deal yet again.
Netflix has acquired award-winning director and producer Kunle Afolayan’s acclaimed movie ‘Mokalik.’
Afolayan revealed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday on the sideline of the French-Nigerian Cinema Days starting from July 2-3 at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The creative Nigerian director said, “I wish to inform you that Netflix has bought “Mokalik” and some of my other films,” he said.
However, the director didn’t reveal the amount paid for the acquisition but added that the company has not announced when the films will be made available on the platform.
The company had announced that it planned to get serious about acquiring/ordering original series and films from the African continent, created by Africans.
‘Mokalik’ features singer Simisola Ogunleye, a.k.a Simi, who debuted her acting role and Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre among other actors.
Other all-stars in the cast movie include Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, Femi Adebayo and Ayo Adesanya.
While comic actors include Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo), Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow) and Wale Akorede (Okunu), also starred in the movie.
‘Mokalik’, which is a Nigerian movie written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Kunle Afolayan, is set in an automobile repair workshop (mechanic village).
The plot follows the story of an 11-year-old boy named Jaiye, from the average suburbs, who decides to find his path in life as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop.
When his father returns to take him home, Jaiye has to decide if he wants to return to school or continue his apprenticeship as a full time.
Speaking on the movie Afolayan said, “Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years made me see a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto car repairs industry.”