Windhoek - Global streaming service Netflix has numerous projects of African content in various stages of production, which it has tagged “Made in Africa, Watched by the World”.
Featuring 18 African creatives from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya, among other nations, the campaign is a collage of talent from across the region with content available on Netflix's African Originals.
It includes actors, actresses, scriptwriters, producers and directors, such as, Kate Henshaw, Ama Qamata, Maxwell Simba, Bontle Moloi, Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Chi Mhende, Malenga Mulendema and Genevive Nnaji.
Speaking on behalf of African Original Netflix Series, Dorothy Ghettuba last week called it a “momentous time for Africa”. "To showcase the talent, the creativity, the stories that Africa has to tell, so bringing all these storytellers, all these creatives together, it's a highlight for sure, for me and for the company." she said.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix's Africa co-production and acquisitions leader concurred with Ghettuba, adding that he was excited to be working with talents from across the continent.
Chi Mhende, a Zimbabwean actress who stars in “Queen Sono” said, “I think a lot of people don't think that Africa also has Indian people, white people, mixed race people. I'm really looking forward to having people see Africa as we are."
Ama Qamata added: “It’s a dream come true. Such a privilege. Its an honour to be working with amazing seasoned actors who i've looked up to literally for the longest time. And to share this platform with them, its really really dope."
Nigerian heavyweight Genevive Nnaji weighed in saying, "Having Netflix here as a distribution is a good thing, especially, upcoming artists, who want to chance."
The platform has also released a couple of firsts, such as Zimbabwe's romantic comedy “The Cook Off”. “Queen Sono” and “Blood and Water”, two South African series, are back in their second seasons. The streaming service also has a variety of Nollywood content.