Spies on TV have the same basic formula the world over. It is usually a person with a dark past who goes around the world doing amazing things without being seen. In addition, there is usually a lot of explosions and a double cross or two. However, this may not be the case for Netflix’s Queen Sono which is the first original African series commissioned by the media giant. The series is set to premiere on 28 February 2020 in at least 190 countries around the world.
Queen Sono is a South African spy-thriller series that was written and created by comedian Kadiso Lediga. Starring Pearl Thusi as the lead actress, this is a spy story with a twist. Her main goal is to protect the people of Africa which sees her go on many dangerous missions. In addition, she also find out that her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, which then leads her on a quest to find the truth. While the series is South African, part of it was shot in Kenya and across 36 other locations in Africa.
While talking about the new Queen Sono series, Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals Erik Barmack had this to say: “Taking talent like this and telling stories to the rest of the world puts Pearl in the same category as other strong female characters like Claire Underwood in “House of Cards” and Jessica Jones.”
In addition, Dorothy Ghettuba, head of International Originals for Africa at Netflix said that the Queen Sono series was going to showcase a side of contemporary Africa that was rarely seen by the outside world.
This is not the first time that Netflix has appealed to its massive African audience by acquiring original stories from Africa. Netflix acquired Nollywood movie Lionheart by Genevieve Nnaji, which was disqualified for the 2020 Academy Awards.
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