‘The figurine’ is now available on Netflix — here are all the African movies coming in October

  • Another Kunle Afolayan-directed movie has been added to the popular American streaming platform.
  • The 2009 Nigerian supernatural suspense movie started streaming on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
  • We also take a look at other movies from Nigeria and the rest of Africa coming this month.

Since announcing its plan to invest in the African film industry, Netflix has acquired “King of Boys” directed by Kemi Adetiba and several other Nigerian movies.

The latest is to join the popular American streaming platform is “The Figurine (Araromire)” by Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian actor and director. It started streaming yesterday, October 1, 2019.

The 2009 suspenseful thriller tells the story of a pair of friends who have good fortune after discovering a mystical sculpture in an abandoned shrine. Their good luck continues for seven years until things start to change for the worse. 

It was written by Kemi Adesoye, produced and directed by Afolayan. He also plays a major role in the movie alongside Ramsey Nouah and Omoni Oboli.

The Figurine was first released at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival. It went on to receive ten nominations and won five awards at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. 

It also did well in Nigerian theatres making around N30 million. It joins other Kunle Afolayan movies currently available on Netflix. These include "Phone Swap" (2012), "October 1" (2014); "The CEO" (2016); and "The Bridge" (2017).

Everything African coming to Netflix in October

Here are the other movies from Nigeria and the rest of Africa coming this month:

“The African doctor”

Starts streaming: October 8

Plot: This 2016 comedy-drama movie follows the story of a Congolese doctor who relocates with his family to a small French village where they struggle to adapt to their new life as the only black family in town.

The movie is based on the life of the father of the Kamini Zantoko, a French rapper of Congolese descent. The artist is credited for conceiving the idea and co-writing the film.

“Bling Lagosians”

Starts streaming: October 11

Plot: Bolanle Austen-Peters makes her directorial debut with The Bling Lagosians which follows the affluent, over the top lifestyle of a family living in Lagos state who have refused to face reality and continue to hang on to their past glory.

Speaking about the movie, the director said, “In doing the Bling Lagosians, I observed certain things in our society and I decided to tell the story, a relatable story, that people would see and recognise this is the real us. This story is like a mirror, so we can look at ourselves in a mirror and see the flaws. This is a story of deceit, lust, love, greed, passion, it’s a story of excess’ but with redeeming qualities.”

It features big stars like Mona Lisa Chinda, Alex Ekubo, Jide Kosoko, Toyin Abraham and former Big Brother housemates, Bisola and Bambam. At N120 million, it is the ninth highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time.


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