Netflix has teamed up with a South African production company to create Africa’s next Original series, with Kings of Joburg premiering next month on the platform.
The upcoming six-part crime drama series is set in South Africa’s concrete jungle of Johannesburg.
According to Netflix, the series is poised to enthrall African audiences with its gritty setting, dark fantasy, and complex characters.
The series is helmed by local producers Connie and Shona Ferguson, in partnership with the US-based Visionary Media Inc.
What is The Kings of Joburg about?
The series explores life as a member of the Kings of Joburg (KOJ) brotherhood, following Simon “Vader” Masire. He is a successful entrepreneur, running a family business while acting as the head of his family.
With all the fame and success lies a dark, sinister secret.
Meanwhile, his younger brother, Mogomotsi “Mo” Masire, has to decide if he wants to continue with the way of life that landed him in jail and the responsibilities he has to his crime family.
With an ensemble cast of talented local actors, the series is led by Shona Ferguson playing Vader. He also serves as the series’ executive producer.
In a statement, Ferguson expressed his excitement over the opportunity to develop an African series for Netflix.
“When I created Kings of Joburg I wanted to root the show in elements of love, family, conflict, and power. The premise of the series is centred around the question, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ and this narrative is explored in all six episodes,” he says.
The series blends together action and drama with the African occult. The mystical side of the story is based on stories that Ferguson’s late father told him as a child.
Meanwhile, Connie Ferguson notes that the series will continue to bring South African stories to international audiences.
“With Kings of Joburg, we are taking South Africa and Africa to the world and bringing the world to South Africa. It’s a United States Of The World show, bringing together talent from America and the continent,” she says.
Produced by Shona and Connie Ferguson alongside Samad Davis of Visionary Media, Kings of Joburg starts streaming on Netflix on 4 December.
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Ini Dima Okojie Hosted A Viewing Party For “Namaste Wahala” At Home | View Highlights
Since the global pandemic, at-home viewing parties have become quite popular, as people have been looking for new ways to create memories, spend time with loved ones, and celebrate important moments, and that’s exactly what Nigerian female actor, Ini Dima Okojie did for the release of her new movie, ‘Namaste Wahala’.
To celebrate, she hosted a few of her closest friends such as Mimi Onalaja and Nonso Bassey to an intimate event in the comfort of her home, where they were able to enjoy the romance movie, with a hint of comedy which was released exclusively to Netflix.
It was good vibes all night long with karaoke, dancing, catered canapes by Chef Daniel, Champagne flavoured popcorn, and the most iconic of all champagnes, Moet & Chandon, because what is a celebration without Moet & Chandon?
Universal Pictures Releases The Official Trailer For Fast & Furious 9
Universal Pictures has a thrilling new trailer for Fast & Furious 9 at the Super Bowl teasing the latest instalment of the high-octane franchise. In the teaser, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) adjusts to his new life as a father and husband to wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). It starts off with Dom sharing his love for mechanics with his son. It then transitions to him putting the child to bed. After telling Brian that he will “always be in his heart,” Letty walks into the room. When Letty enters, she gives her stepson the cross necklace that Dominic gave her.
“I have a gift for you. Your daddy gave me this, now I’m going to give it to you. It’s for protection from what’s coming,” she said.
The ominous conclusion to the teaser is bound to have fans anxious to see what will be revealed in either the movie. It also adds to the feeling that this necklace will hold major significance in the movie, as it’s also featured on the film’s poster.
Dominic Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob, who is being coerced by previous enemy, cyberterrorist Cipher. Dom has a choice: turn his back on Jakob or save him from being fully seduced into the wrong path.
This issue will be the first film since Fast & Furious 6 (2013) to be directed by Lin and the first since 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) not to be written by Chris Morgan, the film will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. The film is scheduled for release on May 28, 2021.
F9 was originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 22, 2020 by Universal Pictures, but on March 12, the film was pushed back 11 months to April 2, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Pete Edochie Endorses Son, Yul Edochie’s 2023 Presidential Ambitions [Watch Video]
Widely considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, being honored with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy, Chief Pete Edochie – MON, has publicly endorsed his son, Actor Yul Chibuike Daniel Edochie’s presidential ambition in 2023. Popularly known as Yul Edochie, the actor has hinted that he will seek election as Nigeria’s president in 2023.
In 2017, Yul contested for the governorship election in Anambra on the platform of Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC). He was later appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Creative & Entertainment Media to the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, in July 2018. The actor, however, resigned a few months later and defected from APGA to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Yul Edochie began his sojourn into Nollywood in 2005 when he starred in a movie titled, ‘The Exquirers’, alongside late veteran actors, Justus Esiri and Enebeli Elebuwa. He made his hit in 2007 after featuring alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Desmond Elliot in the movie ‘Wind of Glory’.
In a video posted on Yul’s social media, His father said, “My values are very strong. I have my own children and they are very strong in that regard too. I am not one to be involved in politics. But you see, not all your children are bound to follow you.”
“One of my sons, who incidentally is an actor, has decided that he wants to be a politician. Most of the youngsters have been bugging my phone asking me to endorse my son that they want him as president and l get amused. But they keep insisting daddy, we want Yul to be the president of this country.”
“We like him. He is disciplined, sympathetic, he believes a lot in people. They have bothered me so much that today, I’m hereby present him to you. He has my blessing. He has my endorsement.”
“Any day he decides to veer off from the discipline under which he was raised, l will withdraw him from the race. It shall be well with you son. Since it has been your ambition to go into politics and the desire to run for the presidency of this country, may the good Lord assist you, protect and direct you.”
Rita Dominic’s New Movie ‘La Femme Anjola’ To Hit Cinemas Soon
La Femme Anjola, the buzzy crime thriller, directed by Mildred Okwo and starring Rita Dominic and Nonso Bassey (in lead roles) will launch locally in theatres nationwide on March 19, 2021.
The film, which is from the stables of ‘The Audrey Silva Company Limited,’ will be distributed by, Silverbird Distribution, the company which distributed their earlier releases – ‘The Meeting’ and ‘Surulere’.
The film was shot in locations in Lagos, Nigeria, and Cape Town (South Africa).
In response to the prevalent realities of the film industry, the producers said ‘La Femme Anjola’ will also release digitally for the rest of the world on a paid platform using assets specifically created for this.
This movie is expected to be a landmark one. The producers said ‘La Femme Anjola’ will become the highest-profile Nollywood film to explore distribution and exhibition opportunities outside of the mainstream avenues currently existing.
The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered the way the film industry does business with lockdowns and social distancing measures preventing audiences from experiencing films communally.
In the United States, Warner Bros’ revolutionary new direction put its entire 2021 theatrical slate on their streaming platform HBO Max for the films’ respective first month of release, concurrent with a global cinema release.
The long-awaited thriller, which borrows heavily from the film noir elements of Hollywood’s golden age, has been at least five years in the making.
The producers, Okwo and Dominic, said the bulk of this time was spent sourcing the big-budget funding that could deliver a film on the scale they both envisioned.
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