The Burial of Kojo becomes first Ghanaian film to show on Netflix

The Burial of Kojo becomes first Ghanaian film to show on Netflix

The over 100 million subscribers to entertainment streaming platform Netflix, will from March 31, 2019 have the opportunity to watch The Burial of Kojo, the first-ever Ghanaian produced film to show on the platform.

In 2015, Netflix's first ever self-produced film, Beasts of No Nation, was shot in Ghana. It was the vehicle that drove Abraham Attah to the world's attention.

Now, the relationship between Ghana and Netflix has entered another phase with Blitz Bazawule's directorial debut. The Burial of Kojo was co-produced by award-winning actress Ama K. Abebrese.

The film was released in 2018 but the rights to distribution was bought by popular American director and producer, Ava Duvernay, for her film company Array.

Duvernay directed the award-winning Selma and A Wrinkle in Time.

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The Burial of Kojo will be the second African-made film that will stream on Netflix. Nollywood's Genevieve Nnaji led the way earlier this year with Lionheart.

Netflix reportedly are looking to spend about $20 billion on content for the streaming platform. This amount will go into buying content from outside parties to funding self-produced films, series and shows.

On his part, writer and director of The Burial of Kojo, Blitz Bazawule has expressed satisfaction with the reviews the film is getting both home and abroad. He is also thankful for Duvernay's push onto Netflix.

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With movies such as this one, one can tell that Ghanaians are working hard to outdo everyone in Africa.

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