Netflix is not slowing down on its mission to dominate the African market and showcase more African content on its platform. The streaming company has just premiered its first-ever original African series titled Queen Sono.
The TV series is a South African project starring one of the country’s biggest Actresses, Pearl Thusi. The high-budget production was produced and directed by top South African filmmaker Kagiso Lediga. Unlike some African series that are shown on the streaming platform, Queen Sono is actually a Netflix original – making it a property of the company.
Although the story stems from South Africa, the project was diverse in its filming locations, filming in several countries on the continent including Nigeria and Kenya. This was presumably done to showcase the different aesthetics abound in Africa.
The lead character Queen Sono is an expert spy who works in South Africa. Speaking about the character, the Actress who gave life to Queen Sono on the screen, Pearl Thusi, stated that Queen Sono is a reflection of different women in Africa. It embodies some of their greatest traits including strength.
Streaming giant Netflix is spreading its wings across Africa. It is collaborating with African filmmakers to tell authentic African stories. Through its platform, African stories will have a medium to reach the world. African content can be streamed by Netflix users across the globe, giving it the opportunity to be widely seen.
Nigerian film industry Nollywood is a major player in this collaboration. Besides showing some Nigerian content on its platform, Netflix also has an original Nigerian content – Lion Heart. The movie which was the directorial debut of top Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji was the first to be fully acquired by Netflix in Nigeria. The acquisition introduced many Nigerians and Africans to the platform.
Recently, Netflix announced Netflix Naija, establishing its full presence in Nigeria.