Blood Sisters: Nigerian Film Industry Stars Show Up at Netflix Premiere

The theme for the premiere was ‘Red and Fugitive’ and Nollywood stars showed up in style to launch the series created by leading Nigerian production company EbonyLife Studios.

Blood Sisters features veteran Nollywood stars such as Kate Henshaw, Uche Jombo, Ramsey Nouah, Segun Arinze and Joke Silva.

It also stars newcomers Nancy Isime and Ini Dima-Okojie who play friends in the crime thriller that highlights “two friends, a dark secret and a ruthless family,” according to Netflix.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, was also present at the premiere and hailed the launch as evidence of the growth of Nigeria’s creative industry.

“It’s not easy to put your movie, let alone talk about a series on Netflix…it’s one of the clear indications that our creative industry is moving forward,” the minister said during the first.

EbonyLife Studios founder Mo Abudu said the series was filmed during the pandemic in Lagos, a process Abudu describes as a “unique and intense experience”.

Abudu’s other productions with Netflix include the film “Òlòturé”, which received worldwide acclaim and an adaptation of “Death and the King’s Horseman” by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

The Nigerian film industry has become a multi-million dollar industry and gained worldwide fame.

Other streaming platforms also have their sights set on the Nigerian film market.

American streaming service Amazon Prime Video recently concluded license agreements with Nigerian filmmakers Inkblot Productions and Anthill Studios, in a move that would see Nigerian films released on the Amazon platform.

Amazon has ordered original series and movies with Nigerian and African partners, the company told CNN.

Nigeria is considered the most prolific cinematic hub in Africa. Thousands of films are produced in Nigeria every year, according to at the country’s statistics office.

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