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Netflix has Acquired the Rights to Nigerian Director and Producer Kunle Afolayan's Film 'Mokalik'

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Simi, makes her debut appearance in this critically-acclaimed film.

Netflix clearly wasn't playing when they announced that they'd be investing considerably more into African content. From South Africa's first original series Queen Sono with actress Pearl Thusi and the recent Nosipho Dumisa-directed Blood & Water to Malawi's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, they're really coming through with quality African productions. Most recently, Netflix has acquired the rights to Mokalik, the critically-acclaimed film by Nigerian director and producer, Kunle Afolayan.


Mokalik tells the story of a young middle-class boy whose parents send him to a mechanic's workshop to work as an apprentice because of his poor grades at school. He spends some time there and experiences what life is like away from the comforts of the suburbs. Towards the end of the film, the boy has to decide whether he wants to return to school or actually become an apprentice full time.

Watch the trailer for Mokalik below:

Mokalik Official Trailer (Extended Version) - a KUNLE AFOLAYAN film www.youtube.com

Afolayan spoke about the inspiration behind his film saying, "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."

Netflix has not yet announced the dates when it will launch Mokalik.

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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