Online streaming outlet Netflix has acquired award-winning director and producer Kunle Afolayan’s acclaimed movie ‘Mokalik.’
“I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired “Mokalik” and some other of my films,” the award winning movie producer, Afolayan said.
He added that the company has not announced when the films will be released on the platform.
The online streaming platform in recent times has shown interest in the Africa motion picture sector in recent times where there is still relatively untapped source of talents and contents.
The company had reportedly signaled that it planned to get serious about ordering/acquiring original series and films from the African continent, created by Africans.
At the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2018), the streaming service acquired Nigerian drama “Lion heart,” the directorial debut of Nollywood veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji.
It was also picked as a Netflix Original movie and was released worldwide on January 4, 2019.
‘Mokalik,' a linguistic twist of the original English word Mechanic features Simisola Ogunleye, a.k.a Simi, in her debut acting role and Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre among other actors.
Other stars in the all-Yoruba cast movie include Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams and Lateef Oladimeji.
The movie narrates the story of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs, who decides to find his path in life as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop.
When his father arrives to take him home, Jaiye has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take on his apprenticeship full time.
Comic actors, including Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow), also starred in the movie.
‘Mokalik’, written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Kunle Afolayan, is set in an automobile repair workshop (mechanic village).
“Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years opened my eyes to a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto car repairs industry,” Afolayan had said of the movie.
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