Nollywood Goes to Netflix


Source: OkayAfrica

Source: OkayAfrica

I have always been a fan of the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood; not only because of patriotism but also because of the level of excellence that’s being exhibited within the industry. I have followed through with the evolution of movies within the shores of the country and I must say the progress is obviously commendable.

As the industry continually attracts recognition from international movie powerhouses, the industry continually attains new feats daily. Very recently, one of Nigeria’s A list actress Genevieve Nnaji attained a laudable feat with the production of her movie ‘Lion Heart’ as Netflix announces acquisition of rights to stream the Nollywood movie to its subscribers.

This has been blowing up on social media for some time now.

Source: Bella Naija

Source: Bella Naija

Lion Heart, a movie which showcases the A list actress’ prowess as well as Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Owenu, Nkem Owoh and many others. The movie is about a young lady who assumes the office of acting managing director after her father (the company owner) suffers a heart attack during a meeting. Shortly after, her uncle shows up to usurp power over her and faces steep opposition from someone who intended to acquire the company through every means available. As a result of misappropriation of funds the uncle runs the company into near bankruptcy and the young lady tasks herself with the responsibility of saving the company.

I personally love the story, and the acting was superb, but is this move to Netflix good or bad for this movie?

Entrance into Netflix offers not just the movie but the industry more international recognition, it also opens the movie to a wider range of viewership as Netflix currently has over 100 million subscribers globally. It also imposes the willingness to greatly improve the quality of movies on producers for their audience, which means Nigeria is set to see better screen plays, video and sound productions, acting, and so on.

However, this move may take a toll on the movie’s revenue generation as subscribers to Netflix would be able to watch the movie free. Also, it opens the movie to heavy pirate activities. Mo Abudu’s ‘Wedding Party’ grossed well over N450M as it was able to guard the asset from pirate activities and also allowed viewers to enjoy all the hype built around the movie in the cinemas.

So, Nollywood going to Netflix, is it good or bad? Just TINK.