…as Yoruba documentary ‘Bigger than Africa’ gets May 13 release date
Netflix and EbonyLife Studios have launched ‘Blood Sisters’ as the streaming giant’s first Nigerian Original series.
This 2022 pulsating crime drama series set in Nigeria is exclusive to the Netflix platform.
Speaking on the importance of telling the ‘Blood Sisters’ story, CEO of EbonyLife Studios, Mo Abudu, in a statement made available to TCN over the weekend, said: “Blood Sisters is a crime thriller, which is a new genre for us, so the prospect was challenging but very exciting!
“It was also a particularly unique and intense experience as we shot during the pandemic, but we remained committed to the vision we share with Netflix – to tell authentic and exciting African stories with superb production values.”
The series tells the story of two friends Sarah (Ini Dima-Okojie) and Kemi (Nancy Isime). Sarah is engaged to her dream man, Kola (Deyemi Okanlawon.) However, their seemingly idyllic union has a dark side and despite Kemi’s vocal misgivings, Sarah is determined to press on with the wedding. What follows is a heart-stopping series of catastrophic events marked by murder, love, betrayal and the test of friendship.
It features Nancy Isime, Ini Dima-Okojie, Kate Henshaw and Ramsey Nouah, among other top Nigerian stars.
In the same vein, a Nigerian cultural documentary, ‘Bigger than Africa’ is also set for launch on Netflix.
The documentary which explores the historical influence of the Yoruba culture will premiere on the global streaming platform on May 13.
Speaking on the documentary, Filmmaker Ibrahim Toyin Adekeye said: “I hope it becomes a unifying documentary for all people of African descent irrespective of their countries. It’s a film that uniquely tells the stories of our commonalities rather than our differences.”
‘Bigger than Africa’ was shot in six countries with research and interviews from around the world including Brazil, the United States of America, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and back to where it all began, West Africa.
The documentary’s synopsis reads: “When the slave ships docked in North America, Brazil, and the Caribbean, hundreds of cultures, traditions, and religions landed with the Africans on board, one transcended slavery beyond imaginations and remain alive till this day in the New World: the Yoruba culture, “Bigger Than Africa” follows the journey of the Africans from the ports of no return in West Africa to their final destinations.”