Netflix Acquires Another Nollywood Film & Its Mokalik By Kunle Afolayan
Netflix, the America streaming giant, has done it again for the Nigerian Movie Industry, Nollywood, as they recently acquired award-winning director and producer Kunle Afolayan’s new movie ‘Mokalik.’ Afolayan told News Agency of Nigeria this much during an interview, in Ikoyi Lagos.
“I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired “Mokalik” and some other of my films,” Afolayan said, though he refused to disclose how much the deal was worth.
Netflix has aggressively been buying up African content, and a lot of filmmakers are reaping from it, as Netflix makes further plans to order/acquire original series and films created by Africans in the continent. They are yet to announce when Afolayan’s films will be released on their platform.
Netflix made its first African acquisition with ‘Lion Heart’ a film by actor Genevieve Nnaji, at the Toronto International Film Festival. They later picked Lion Heart as a Netflix Original movie and released it worldwide on January 4, 2019.
‘Mokalik’ the latest film by Afolayan, features singer Simisola Ogunleye, a.k.a Simi, in her debut acting role and Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre among others.
Mokalik is the story of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs, who decides to find his path in life as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop. When his father arrives to take him home, Jaiye has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.
“Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years opened my eyes to a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto car repairs industry,” Afolayan said.