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Netflix Is Officially Live In Africa

Now you can Netflix and chill in Africa. The streaming service is officially launched across the continent and worldwide.

Idris Elba in the Netflix original film Beasts of No Nation


Finally, you can Netflix and chill in Africa. As of today, the subscription-based streaming service has officially launched across the continent and worldwide (with the exception of China).

Netflix Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings made the announcement during his keynote speech at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. "Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network," Hastings said. "We're looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world."

The news comes after weeks of speculation that a South Africa launch was in the pipeline for Netflix in 2016, and a year after the company first hinted at plans to include South Africa as part of its global expansion. "We have not provided details of when we plan to go where, but you can be confident South Africa is among the countries we intend to serve sometime in the next two years," Netflix is reported to have said last January.

This prompts the question, with Netflix now entering the African market, what does this mean for African content on Netflix? We’ve previously highlighted ten of the best titles related to Africa and the diaspora currently available for streaming on Netflix, and we’ll soon be bringing you a few more. But considering the wealth of incredible films and TV shows coming from the continent, the options are still limited.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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