Kemi Adetiba will write, produce, and direct the upcoming film.
By Helena Olori
Adetiba had been absent from the filmmaking scene since the release of her mini-series, King of Boys: Return of the King, a sequel to her critically acclaimed title, King of Boys. “We’ve been quiet since KOB 2, and that’s pushing three years now. We’ve enjoyed how the industry has grown since then. But now, I’m ready to get back in the ring… It’s gonna be a lot of work… and with the strongest streaming platform’s backing naijaonnetflix, Netflix, you’re gonna wanna watch every single visual project KAV shoots out the Canon,” shared Adetiba in an Instagram post.
Highlighting her growth as a filmmaker since KOB 2, Adetiba asserted that it is now her duty to continuously prove that any visual project bearing the name “Kemi Adetiba” will undoubtedly be an exceptional one. She also confirmed that several stories are in development under this partnership with Netflix, and can’t wait to bring them to life.
The new partnership will begin with To Kill a Monkey (TKAM), an intriguing story that Adetiba conceived on the morning of her wedding engagement. TKAM is a collaboration between Adetiba, Nollywood veteran actor, Chidi Mokeme, and the global streaming platform, Netflix.
Excited about the upcoming project, Mokeme stated, “After y’all see TKAM, you will come to the same conclusion as I did, that all of the aforementioned titles are just a preamble…” Adetiba is set to write, produce, and direct the film.
Kemi Adetiba, one of Nigeria’s most prominent filmmakers, made her directorial debut with The Wedding Party, a box office success that set the stage for her subsequent projects. Her works explore societal issues and challenges stereotypes, while maintaining an entertaining and engaging narrative.
Her deal with Netflix is one of many the streamer had forged in recent years to expand its presence in the Nigerian film industry. Netflix has partnerships with some Nigerian filmmakers, including Mo Abudu and Kunle Afolayan, all geared towards amplifying Nigerian stories and contributing to the growth and recognition of Nollywood on the global stage.