Out Of Africa: Netflix Unveils Three Female-Led African Projects On Its Latest Slate 

Netflix has rolled out a slate of female-led African projects, in an announcement that ties in with International Women’s Month.

The streaming media company is backing three projects from women filmmakers in Africa. The first of these is Baby Farm, a TV show to be executively produced by Nigerian filmmaker and media mogul Mo Abudu, head of EbonyLife Group. Starring Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Onyinye Odokoro, Genoveva Umeh, Langley Kirkwood and Jenny Stead, Baby Farm follows the story of Adanna, a young pregnant woman, who unknowingly entrusts her unborn twins to a high-profile NGO, only to discover she’s become a prisoner of a sinister baby farm.

Period feature House of Ga’a comes from lawyer and cultural entrepreneur Bolanle Austen-Peters (Man Of God, Collision, Bling Lagosians), who directs and produces. Set in 18th century old Oyo Empire, it is a biopic based on the story of Bashorun Ga’a, a feared prime minister and kingmaker who was instrumental in the deposement of several kings in his time. Austen-Peters is producing alongside Joseph Umoibom. The cast of House of Ga’a includes Femi Branch, Mike Afolarin, Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham and Ibrahim Chatta.

The third project is Postcards, a series exploring four Nigerians in India who go on a journey of love and self-acceptance. It is directed and written by Hamisha Daryani Ahuja (Namaste Wahala) and stars Sola Sobowale, Tobi Bakre, Rajniesh Duggall, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rahama Sadau and Nancy Isime.

The trio of new releases were unveiled at an International Women’s Day event in Lagos, Nigeria, dubbed ‘Her Voice, Our Story’, which brought together leading lights from the Nigerian film community.

At Netflix, we want our stories to reflect as many lives as we can,” said Netflix’s Director of Content in Africa, Dorothy Ghettuba, who spoke at the event. “This is why we are not just passionate about the stories we tell, but the people who tell them and the people we tell them for. We are happy to work with the female powerhouse in the creative industry and bring to life the awesome projects that reflect their stories and promote our culture.”

All three titles will be available for streaming much later in the year.

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