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Netflix Spotlights Female Voices in African Films for International Women’s Month

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As International Women’s Month unfolds, Netflix pays homage to the remarkable achievements of women in the African film industry, recognising their resilience, creativity, and impactful storytelling.

At the forefront of this celebration is the ‘Her Voice, Our Story’ event held in Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with Mo Abudu of EbonyLife TV. Bringing together leading female film producers, directors, actors, and members of the Nigerian film community. The event showcased the unique perspectives and powerful stories of African women in the creative realm.

During the event, speakers such as Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s Director of Content in Africa, along with Bolanle Austen-Peters, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja, Chichi Nworah, and Peace Hyde, engaged in discussions about their experiences as women in the industry and their efforts to portray strong, authentic female characters on screen.

Netflix’s commitment to amplifying diverse voices and narratives is evident in its collaboration with these female powerhouses, bringing to life projects that reflects their stories and promote African culture. Dorothy Ghettuba emphasised Netflix’s dedication to telling stories that resonates with diverse audiences, underscoring the importance of representation and inclusivity in storytelling.

The event also heralded an exciting lineup of upcoming films and series led by female creators, including:

Òlòtūré: The Journey (series)

A gripping tale of a young journalist working undercover as a sex worker in Nigeria, exposing corruption while fighting for her life and journeying to Europe.

Baby Farm (series)

Follows the harrowing story of Adanna, a young pregnant woman who discovered she’d become a prisoner in a sinister baby farm, leading a fight for freedom against her ruthless captors.

Postcards (series)

Four conflicted Nigerians in India were on a journey of love and self-discovery as they navigated identity, acceptance, and personal desires.

House of Ga’a (film)

Takes you to the 18th-century Oyo Empire delving into the gripping biopic of Bashorun Ga’a, a powerful kingmaker whose influence rivaled that of the kings he served.

To Kill a Monkey (series)

Explores the life-changing journey of Efemini, a man forced into a world of cybercrime, grappling with moral dilemmas and ethical compromises.

In addition to these captivating narratives, Netflix showcased global stories celebrating strong women, including Furies, Damsel, and Shirley, starring Regina King, honoring the legacy of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black congresswoman and political icon.

This International Women’s Month, Netflix invites viewers to experience the diverse and empowering stories of women from Africa and around the world, celebrating their resilience, creativity, and unwavering spirit.

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