Netflix's first Nigerian original series, Blood Sisters, has released its first trailer.
The series, produced by EbonyLife Studios, is set in Lagos and focuses on a Nigerian wedding where the bride accidentally kills her groom before their wedding day. The show "tackles themes of intra-family relationships, physical and substance abuse, love, commitment and relationships." The four-part series is described as "an ode to life in the city [of Lagos] as it brilliantly juxtaposes the various socio-economic divides in Africa's most famous commercial and social hub."
Abubu said Blood Sisters represents a new avenue for EbonyLife.
“Blood Sisters is a crime thriller, which is a new genre for us, so the prospect was challenging but very exciting!” she said in a statement. “It was also a particularly unique and intense experience as we shot during the pandemic, but we remained committed to the vision we share with Netflix–to tell authentic and exciting African stories with superb production values.”
The series is part of EbonyLife’s founder Mo Abudu’s deal with Netflix, with Blood Sisters being her latest project with the streamer. Other projects include the release of film Òlòturé and an adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. Abudu is also bringing African storytelling to America’s mainstream via her first-look TV deal with Sony Pictures Television.