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“Kesari” Will No Longer Stream On Netflix This January

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The Yoruba epic film “Kesari,” produced by Ibrahim “Itele” Yekini, will not be available for streaming on Netflix in January, as initially announced. Despite earlier reports setting January 28, 2024, as the release date, it was revealed on Monday, January 22, 2024, by “What Kept Me Up” that the release has been postponed and a new date will be communicated.

The absence of the Kesari poster in the Netflix newsroom, where movie dates are typically outlined, serves as additional confirmation of this delay.

 

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Originating as a three-part YouTube series, Kesari transitioned to Nigerian cinemas on August 25, 2023. It was recognised for being one of the first Yoruba noirs to successfully make the transition to the big screen, joining the ranks of Agesinkole and Orisa, and contributing to the establishment of indigenous titles as workable cinema content.

The action thriller narrates the tale of a formidable robber armed with charms who encounters a formidable opponent when pursued by an efficient policeman. Concluding its 11-week cinematic run, Kesari gained a cumulative gross of ₦78,106,925, making it the second highest-grossing Nigerian epic title for 2023.

Produced and directed by Yekini, the film features Mr. Macaroni, Deyemi Okolanwon, Femi Adebayo Salami, Ibrahim Lateef, Odunlade Adekola, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Yvonne Jegede.

In contrast, a feature film titled “Dinner,” directed by Jay Franklyn Jituboh, is set to begin streaming on Netflix today, January 24, 2024.

The narrative revolves around Mike Okafor, who receives an invitation from his childhood friend, Adetunde George Jr., and his fiancée, Lola Coker, for dinner and a weekend together in preparation for their upcoming wedding.

Mike, accompanied by his girlfriend, Diane Bassey, intends to propose during the visit. However, upon reaching Adetunde’s house, the situation takes an unexpected turn as hidden truths about each other’s relationships come to light, with one individual at the centre of it all.

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The cast of “Dinner” includes Deyemi Okanlawaon, Kehinde Bankole, Enyinna Nwigwe, Okey Uzoeshi, Keira Heywatch, Richard Mofe Damijo, and Ireti Doyle.

 

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Jidekene, Adesua, Layi Wasabi, Blossom Star In Inkblot’s “Japa!”

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Get ready for “Japa!“—the highly anticipated Nigerian film is finally getting a release date. The movie is a collaboration between Inkblot Productions and 1POD Pictures. It will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting March 8th, 2024.

Expect a front-row seat to a dramatic and hilarious story about ambition and pursuing a better life. The movie is all set against the backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria. Filmed with stunning cinematography, the movie promises to captivate audiences worldwide as it premieres on Amazon Prime in over 240 countries.

Written and directed by Isioma Osaje, with contributions from Chinaza Onuzo and Tamara Aihie, “Japa!” seamlessly blends heart-pounding suspense with engaging storytelling. The film boasts a star-studded cast featuring some of Nigeria’s most renowned actors. They include Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Jidekene Achufusi, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Seun Ajayi, Mofe Duncan, Layi Wasabi, The Igbo Wolf, and many more.

Isioma Osaje excitedly announced her directorial debut on X, saying,

“Fam, I am super excited to share that my Official Feature Directorial Debut will be #JAPA! for @InkblotPresents & #1PodPictures. It will be Released Exclusively To Prime Video.”

Chinaza Onuzo, the co-founder of Inkblot Productions, expressed a sense of fulfilment about the journey of “Japa!” The film started as a simple idea and has now become a reality, launching globally on Amazon Prime Video. She emphasised that this achievement aligns with Inkblot’s mission to share authentic African stories with the world.

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“We at Inkblot are thrilled to be introducing audiences to this epic storyline and A-List talent from Nigeria with the imminent release of Japa,” said Onuzo. “We were so pleased to work with Isioma Osaje, a long-time collaborator, on her directorial debut. This is a film we are very proud of, and it presents a great opportunity to continue to elevate Nigerian stories globally with Prime Video.”

Inkblot is a leading production company in Africa. In 2023, it had the most movies streamed on Prime Video. These included “Big Love,” “Palava,”Love in a Pandemic,” “The Blood Covenant,” and “The Set Up 2.” No other studio achieved this in a tough year. It shows how Inkblot’s varied movies and careful planning are crucial.

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A Recap Of “Aníkúlápó” Ahead Of The New TV Series Sequel In March

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The highly anticipated sequel to the 2022 Netflix film “Aníkúlápó,” titled “Aníkúlápó: Rise of the Spectre,” is now a six-part series. Picking up where the movie left off, the story follows Saro (Kunle Remi) in a relentless pursuit of his desires.

At the centre of the drama lies Saro’s forbidden love affair with Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye), the wife of the powerful Alaafin of Oyo (Taiwo Hassan). Their secret romance is exposed, forcing them to flee. However, Saro’s attempt to escape takes a drastic turn when he’s captured and nearly beaten to death.

In a surprising turn of events, Arolake intervenes, saving Saro’s life by confronting Akala, the mythical bird responsible for transporting souls to the afterlife. She steals Akala’s powerful gourd, granting Saro the ability to raise the dead.

This newfound power brings immense wealth to Saro, but it also unleashes his greed. Unfortunately, his insatiable desire ultimately leads him to a tragic downfall.

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The film ends with Akala, the mythical bird, furious about his missing gourd. Although Saro lies dead, Arolake has emptied the gourd, which still poses a risk to Akala’s power. Worse yet, Saro had already used the gourd to bring people back from the dead, dangerously disrupting the delicate balance between life and death.

As Saro’s greed and desire for more escalate, Queen Arolake reaches her breaking point. When Saro refuses to use the gourd unless given the king’s daughter in marriage, Arolake takes a decisive stance.

Knowing his dependence on the gourd, she cleverly empties it, rendering him powerless and trapped in the palace. Arolake, with her experience in escaping, gathers her belongings and flees the village. She leaves Saro with his newfound wives and the angered king.

Meanwhile, Alaafin Ademuyiwa, Arolake’s first husband, continues his relentless pursuit of her and Saro, seeking vengeance for their betrayal.

The film reaches a tragic conclusion with Saro’s demise. Blinded by greed, he demands the hand of a princess in exchange for resurrecting her brother, the prince. However, his empty promises and reliance on the stolen gourd backfired.

Unable to fulfil his side of the bargain, Saro faces the king’s wrath. The enraged villagers brutally attacked him and left him for dead outside the village.

In the final act, Akala, the mythical bird, retrieves his stolen gourd and carries Saro’s lifeless body to the afterlife, forever bound by the consequences of his actions.

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“Ebuka Turns Up Africa” Debuts On Prime Video In March

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Get ready to be thrilled with Ebuka’s exciting adventure across Africa! The travel-reality seriesEbuka Turns Up Africa,” a Prime Video original, premieres on March 1, 2024.

Hosted by the renowned Nigerian TV personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey as he explores Africa with his celebrity friends: actors Timini Egbuson, Zubby Michael, Jimmie Akinsola, Onoja Adole, and Alistair Englebert Preston.

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This group of friends embarks on a luxurious VIP adventure across the continent, creating a captivating series that delves deeper than just the tourist experience. It not only showcases the diverse beauty of Africa but also reveals the personalities of these celebrities beyond their public personas.

While exploring the continent, the friends experience moments of joy, ignited by their shared spirit of adventure. However, the journey isn’t always smooth sailing, as the press release hints at personality clashes and occasional disagreements. Ultimately, the series aims to capture the magic of friendship and the unifying power of shared experiences.

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Produced by Rapid Blue Productions Nigeria and executive produced by Ziyanda Ngcaba and Erika Klopper, “Ebuka Turns Up Africa” promises to be an entertaining and insightful watch.

Mark your calendars for the premiere on March 1st, with the first two episodes dropping, followed by episodes three and four on March 8th.

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