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Netflix To Roll Out Its First African Original Series

Netflix has kick-started the production of its very first African original series, a move that its stars say is going to change the game for all artists on the African continent.

According to Variety, Queen Sono will have its global premiere in 2019. It is a drama about a secret agent who is fighting crime while simultaneously dealing with crises in her personal life.

The series is produced by South Africa’s Kagiso Lediga and will star the South African actress, Pearl Thusi -who made waves when she bagged a role in the American series Quantico in 2015.

Thusi tweeted a video where she expressed that she could not wait for every woman on not only the African continent but also all around on this planet, to meet Queen Sono. She said that the show would be a definite game-changer for all artists in Africa.

The Vice President of International Originals at Netflix, Erik Barmack, told IOL News that taking such fantastic talent and then telling stories to the rest of the globe would automatically place Pearl Thusi in the same category as many other strong female characters such as Claire Underwood in House of Cards and also Jessica Jones.
He said that Netflix was excited to be delivering this African production to its global audience and that there was much more original content from Africa on the way.

Barmack added that over time Netflix plans to dig its roots deeper into Africa and it was definitely on the cards to invest more in local and original African content.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, who works on both African and European Netflix originals declared that Netflix also wanted to be a place where local content creators were given the opportunity to tell their stories to a global audience.

She said that the goal was to help facilitate that for African producers and to offer them all a unique opportunity that they wouldn’t have otherwise had.

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