Nigerian Thriller ‘The Black Book’ Takes Netflix by Storm

by Ikem Emmanuel

A Nigerian action thriller is making waves on Netflix, showcasing the potential of Nigeria’s booming film industry.

“The Black Book” has achieved remarkable success on the streaming platform, spending three weeks among the top 10 English-language titles worldwide and even reaching the third spot.

This movie tells a gripping story of corruption and police brutality in Nigeria, spanning four decades from a time of military regimes to the present day, where police abuse of power remains a pressing issue.

The plot revolves around the abduction of family members of Nigeria’s oil regulatory agency head, with corrupt police officers aiding the perpetrators. In the pursuit of justice for his wrongly accused son, a former special operative turned pastor embarks on a quest for revenge, uncovering a web of political conspiracy.

The film, with a budget of $1 million, has been financed with the support of experts and founders in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. It’s produced by Editi Effiong, who has a vision of using art to reflect on critical issues like police brutality and delayed justice.


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Effiong believes that Nigeria must confront its past to shape a better future. The film is seen as a significant contribution to this conversation, particularly for the younger generation.

“The Black Book” has garnered favorable comparisons to American action thriller John Wick, adding to its success.

Moreover, it’s a testament to the potential of the African film industry, which is expected to see a significant increase in subscribers for streaming services in the coming years.

Netflix, which recognizes the talent and creativity in Africa, is committed to investing in African content and sharing diverse African stories.

Nigeria’s film industry is now at a point where it’s gaining global attention, thanks to movies like “The Black Book” created by Nigerians, for Nigerians, and making a significant impact worldwide.

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