Netflix Celebrates Africa Month With New Collection of Local Stories

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Netflix signs an agreement with the Kenyan government to strengthen creative talent.
Netflix signs an agreement with the Kenyan government to strengthen creative talent.

 Rich in culture and diversity, Africa has always been at the centre of the world and history tells us, the original name of Africa was Alkebulan, which translates into “mother of mankind” or “garden of Eden”.

 

The wealth of natural resources, the diversity of cultures that exist, and the traditions passed on from generation to generation are what make us who we are. From being the world’s hottest continent to being home to more than 1.2 billion people spread over 54 countries who speak more than 2,000 different languages,  there’s a multitude of unique and rich stories to be told from, and about, the continent and its people.

That’s why this month of May, Netflix is celebrating these stories and storytellers in anticipation of Africa Day on 25 May through a new collection titled ‘From Cape to Cairo’. The ‘From Cape to Cairo’ collection, comes just in time as Netflix also recently unveiled a new podcast – African time, Never late, and will feature Netflix’s latest African series, Blood Sisters (Nigeria) and Savage Beauty (South Africa) — both launching in May!

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Both the Podcast and the Collection aim to showcase the continent’s creativity and talent. The collection will include a wide variety of featured content including the recently-launched African films Silverton Siege and Man of God. Also in the collection will be South African true-crime docuseries Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star;  the much-loved reality series Young Famous & Africa, plus Netflix series’ including Finding Ola, Paranormal and Secrets of The Saqqara Tomb from Egypt to Queen Sono; Blood & Water JIVA; How To Ruin Christmas and Kings of Joburg from South Africa and of course the critically acclaimed King of Boys: Return Of The King from Nigeria. Also in the collection are international films and series featuring talents of African descent from the African diaspora including Meet the Adebanjos, African Doctor, Shine Your Eyes, Dọlápọ̀ is Fine, Yasuke, and more.

Every year, a day is set aside to honour Africa’s rich cultural heritage but ideally, our continent, and our creativity is worthy of celebration, all year round. That’s why the “African Time—  Never Late” Podcast, hosted by South Africa’s Andy Maqondwana and Zweli Mbhele will feature Netflix’s on-screen and behind-the-screen talent like Nox Dlamini (actress – Silverton Siege), Jayan Moodley (director – Tripping with the Kandasamys), Retti Ramaphakela (producer/director – How to Ruin Christmas), Jesse Suntele (actor – Savage Beauty), Daniel Effiong (actor – Blood Sisters), Nancy Isime (actress – Blood Sisters), Ini Dima Okojie (actress – Blood Sisters), and Kemi Adetiba (director – King Of Boys) as they share their experiences around diversity and inclusion in the creative industry.

As the African Union deemed 2022 “the year of nutrition”, Netflix is bringing its members a plethora of stories from North, East, West, Central and Southern Africa to feast on. This collection includes rows like ‘Our Music, Our Culture, Our History;’ ‘Award-Winners & Critics’ Favourites;’ ‘African Women Behind the Camera;’ ‘Love Across the Continent;’ ‘Stories From The African Diaspora;’ and more recommendations to help you find your next favorite African series, film or special

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The podcast launches on the 4th of May on our AfricaOnNetflix YouTube channel as well as Apple iTunes and Spotify podcasts globally.