Mo Abudu Gets Deal to Produce Two Books into a Film on Neflix

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One of the most prolific producers in the African continent, Mo Abudu,
has entered into a partnership with Neflix to bring two literary
classics to life, by producing screen adaptations of
British-Nigerian author Lola Shoneyin’s acclaimed debut novel ‘The
Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ and Nigerian Nobel Prize Laureate
Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death And The King’s Horseman play’. These two
critically acclaimed books by award-winning Nigerian authors will be
adapted into a film and set to premiere on Netflix.

In a press statement, Talented Nigerian producer and the CEO of
EbonyLife TV, Abudu speaks about the new venture saying, “As a
Nigerian storyteller, my biggest motivator has always been to tell
authentic and untold stories that resonate with every person,
regardless of where they’re from in the world while showcasing our
culture, heritage and creativity.”

“This unprecedented partnership is testament to the Netflix’s
investment in African storytelling and we at EbonyLife are grateful
and excited about the opportunity to work together with the Netflix
teams led by Dorothy and Ben to deliver a slate of unique and riveting
stories from Nigeria over the next few years for Netflix audiences
around the world.”
The deal came just a few months after Netflix launched “Netflix Naija”
and also announced that the first Nigerian Original Series is in the
on the way.

Reacting to the newly commissioned adaptations, Wole Soyinka shared:
“In a creative industry which, even in pioneering countries, is so
male dominated, it is always a delight to see robust challenges
offered by the female gender, and of attestable quality. Mo Abudu’s
incursion into this arena as film and television producer has been
especially stimulating. It becomes part of one’s sense of achievement,
if one has contributed, however minutely, to the creation of an
enabling environment.”

Acknowledging the great news, Lola Shoneyin took to Twitter. She
wrote: “Sometimes, dreams take years… Thank you to my brilliant
producer @MoAbudu for all your hard work. Thank you, @netflix for
believing in the story.”

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