There’s no doubt that Netflix has invested a lot of resources into African content in its company. We have already seen some remarkable TV shows and movies land on the streaming platform over the course of the last few months and things are only going to get bigger. Today, Netflix hosted its annual African showcase event where the streaming service detailed some upcoming content viewers can look forward to in the months ahead.
Most importantly, the Netflix African content lineup aims to deliver a range of new shows and movies to enjoy that not only elevate African content creators but at the same time, shed light on the continent and tell original, memorable stories.
The lineup includes the likes of Ludik, The Brave Ones, Kings of Queenstown, Blood and Water and many more. Tendeka Matatu, Director of Local Language Films in Africa said,
“We are working with top talent and filmmakers as well as exciting emerging voices from the continent. We are thrilled to expand our partnerships with Africa’s talented storytellers. With an ever-growing slate of series, movies and licensed content across a rich variety of best-in-class content across genres, we want to give our members more moments to share the joy that comes from being immersed in great stories made in Africa, to be watched by the world.”
The event included the announcements and showcase of the following shows and movies. (The trailers showcased during the event aren’t available publically just yet. Stay tuned on the official Netflix platforms for these arriving soon)
Ludik (South Africa – Out on 26 August 2022)
Netflix’s first Afrikaans title series Ludik is set to burst onto screens globally on 26 August 2022. The racy, skop-skiet-en-donder six-part series features South African-born Hollywood actor Arnold Vosloo (Silvertone Siege) in the titular role of Daan Ludik alongside local heavyweight talents Rob Van Vuuren (Swys De Villiers), Diaan Lawrenson (Anet Ludik) and Zane Meas (Brigadier Davies).
The Brave Ones (South Africa – Out on 16 September 2022)
From the one and only Akin Omotoso, this supernatural drama series is set in modern-day South Africa and is inspired by African folklore. The Brave Ones launches on the 16th of September 2022 – more details about this exciting series will be released in the next coming days. The series was created by renowned film director, writer and actor Akin Omotoso, and features Sthandile Nkosi, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Bonko Khoza and Tony Kgoroge. More details about the series to follow shortly.
Kings of Queenstown (South Africa – Out on 4 November 2022)
Kings of Queenstown tells the tale of a young soccer prodigy who must deal with his washed-up pro-footballer father while navigating some difficult choices. The series launches on the 4th of November and stars Zolisa Xaluva and is directed by prolific South African director Jahmil XT Quebeka whose films, Knuckle City, Sew the Winter to My Skin and Of Good Report will also be available on Netflix later this year.
How to Ruin Christmas: The Baby Shower (South Africa – Out on 16 December 2022)
Blood and Water Season 3 (South Africa – TBC)
iNumber Number: Fool’s Gold (South Africa – TBC)
Young Famous and African (Pan-Africa – TBC)
Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman (Nigeria – Out on 10 September 2022)
Based on the lauded play by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka -Death and The King’s Horseman – this film, produced by Mo Abudu and her EbonyLife production company explores the collision between Yoruba traditions and British colonialism through the experience of a king’s horseman on the most important day of his life. The film, which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 10 – will launch on the service on November 4, 2022.
The screen adaptation was written and directed by Biyi Bandele and stars Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello and acclaimed musician Olawale ‘Brymo’ Olofooro as the Praise Singer. Entertainment fans can also look forward to Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada, veteran actors, Jide Kosoko and Kevin Ushi, Jenny Stead, Mark Elderkin, Langley Kirkwood and a special appearance by acting legend Taiwo Ajai-Lycett and Ajoke Silva.
Anikulapo (Nigeria – Out on 30 September 2022)
Anikulapo – which formed part of the netflix multi-title agreement with Kunle Afolayan – is a one of a kind mystical folklore drama revolving around the life of Saro, a young zealous man seeking for greener pasture in the great Oyo Kingdom. However, unfolding events and his illicit affair with the king’s wife, Arolake leads to his untimely death and encounter with Akala, a mystical bird believed to give and take life. The film is directed by Kunle Afolayan and features Kunle Remi, Sola Sobowale, Aisha Lawal, Bimbo Ademoye, Debo Adedayo (Mr Macaroni) and Dele Odule.