Award-winning Nigerian actor, director and producer, Kunle Afolayan is the latest Nollywood star to seal a Netflix deal as he has announced yesterday, July 3 that his film, “Mokalik” and some of his other works have been acquired by the American streaming giant.
The screen star made the revelation in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday on the sideline of the French-Nigerian Cinema Days holding from July 2-3 at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.
In his words;
I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired “Mokalik” and some other of my films.
However, Afolayan did not disclose the value paid for the acquisition but added that the company has not announced when the films will be released on the platform. The acquisition represents Netflix’s ongoing aggressive interest for Africa motion picture in recent times where there is still a relatively untapped source of talents and contents.
You’d recall that the streaming giant also acquired Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lion Heart” at the Toronto International Film Festival – a movie that marked the actress’ directorial debut. The movie was released worldwide on January 4, 2019.
“Mokalik,” which stars Simi, Femi Adebayo, and Charles Okocha, is centred on an 11-year-old middle-class boy who becomes an apprentice in a mechanic shop. Other stars in the all-Yoruba cast movie include Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams, Dayo Akinpelu, Tobi Bakare among other actors.
Watch the trailer below;
Mokalik premiered in Nigeria on the 31st of March, 2019 and is still showing in all cinemas around the Nation.
Congratulations to Kunle Afolayan, the cast and crew of Mokalik and to the Nigerian Movie Industry at large.