Netflix celebrates Africa month with an impressive roster of #AfricaMonth series, movies, and TV shows.
Netflix decided to commemorate African creativity with a Made in Africa roster. This was prompted by their decision to create content “from the continent for the continent”. The streaming platform has embraced the new approach as it explores diversity.
At the beginning of May, Netflix launched the ‘Made in Africa’ collection, which will run throughout May alongside Africa Month. The month of May was earmarked as African commemoration month by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) way back since 1963. The idea behind this was to inspire continental unity and foster nation-building among the Africans in the diaspora.
The collection features over a hundred titles arising from Morrocco, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, etc. You can check out the exact films by logging into Netflix and searching, ‘Africa month’, ‘Africa day’, or ‘Made in Africa’. Within the collection are both older films and new releases such as ‘Queen Sono’ the first original Netflix series. Other top films from the roster are Chief Daddy, Merry Men, Catching Feelings, and 93 Days.
Among the films with the best critical acclaim series and films are:
Jerusalema where Lucky Kunene takes up a criminal lifestyle which transforms into a bigtime criminal lifestyle. This attracts the presence of law enforcement and a big drug lord. The film stars Daniel Buckland, Rapulana Seiphemo, and Robert Hobbs.
Kings of Boys is an international drama where a businesswoman with political ambitions faces threats from her underworld activities which manifest to a vicious power struggle that costs her everything.
Lionheart Adaeze faces an uphill task running the family business with her uncle and he has to work her way through in a male-dominated world.
Mokalik The international drama on the life of a young boy sent to work as a mechanic after which an opportunity arises that requires him to make a tough decision.
More on the details of the Netflix Africa schedule is available in this released statement.
Tsotsi A dark and emotional movie on the decisions of a ruthless thug who murdered a woman and robbed her car, only to discover an infant at the backseat.
Uncovered is a political drama where a sister takes up her siblings’ investigation focussing on a mining conspiracy that can implicate her boss. The drama stars S'Thandiwe Kgoroge, Robert Hobbs, and Nqobile Khumalo.
The Wedding Party, a couple’s wedding plans turn upside down after an invasion by exes, quarreling parents, and uninvited guests.
Tjovitjo is a drama whose plot revolves around a pantsula dance leader going into a dark place and looking for salvation in the community. The show is starring Nobulali Dangazele, Warren Masemola, and Rapulana Seiphemo.
Castle and Castle, The TV show features successful lawyers defending the opposite situation of the justice system, resulting in a strain on their marriage. The main stars are Dakore Akande, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and Bimbo Manuel.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, is a Netflix show touching on a 13-year old Malawian boy, William Kamkwamba, who built a wind turbine to rescue his home village from famine.
Azali is an emotive drama on social issues and revolving on the life of a 14-year-old who endures the daunting life of sex work the poverty-stricken slums of Accra in Ghana. The main cast comprises Asana Alhassan, Ama K. Abebrese, and Adjetey Anang.
Potato Potahto A romantic movie where a divorced couple share a home but their cohabiting arrangement unravels when they start dating other people. Lead stars are Joke Silva, Joselyn Dumas, O.C, and Dukeje.
The content filmed in Africa is Holiday in the Wild, The Red Sea Diving, Resort, Troy: Fall of a City, Beasts of No Nation, Blood Diamond, and documentaries such as The Ivory Game and Virunga.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s African Director for Marketing and co-productions expressed optimism on the success of the films.