Netflix has just acquired the Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan’s new movie “Mokalik.”
The director, who has other movies to his name and has won awards for his directing efforts, revealed this in a chat with News Agency of Nigeria during the two-day French-Nigerian Cinema Days in Ikoyi, Lagos.
In the same chat, Kunle Afolayan also revealed that the American streaming giant also axuired some of his other works. “I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired “Mokalik” and some other of my films.”
Although he readily admits “Mokalik” and some other movies by him were acquired by the American company, reportedly the seventh-largest internet company by revenue, he was circumspect about disclosing the sum involved.
His refusal to release any figure aligns with Netflix’s policy to share no financial figures about its acquisitions. It is unknown if Kunle Afolayan’s keeping mum on the figures involved is at Netflix’s insistence.
On when the movie would be released on the platform he said he is unaware. The prerogative apparently rests with Netflix. Anyway, Kunle Afolayan is excited about the latest acquisition.
With the acquisition of “Mokalik,” Netflix is making ambitious inroads into Nigeria’s movie market. It had earlier acquired “Lionheart,” the directorial debut of star actress Genevieve Nnaji at a sum said to be $3.5 million.
Given the estimate of the sum said to have been paid for the acquisition of “Lionheart,” the sum paid for “Mokalik,” and the other movies Kunle Afolayan said were acquired from him by Netflix, might be higher.
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