Word on the street of the internet is that popular Igbo highlife musician Flavour N’abania has inked a secret deal with Amazon Prime Video to have his biopic produced by the streamer. A deal that is said to be worth $3,000,000.
If this is true, then that will make Flavour the first of hopefully many Nigerian locals to benefit from Amazon Prime Video’s move to the country last year.
A source close to the music star first made the revelation. According to the source, Flavour “signed the production deal last year September for an unconfirmed figure.”
Details remain sketchy, including the confirmation of the $3 million advance payment that has flooded social media. Neither Flavour nor Amazon has come out to confirm or deny the reports.
Top Igbo Highlife musician, Chinedu Okoli, popularly known as Flavour N’Abania received $3M as advance payment for his biopic on Amazon Prime Video. It makes him the first African to enjoy such largesse. Undoubtedly, this will globally open more doors for Igbo finest musicians. pic.twitter.com/i4dYIUrUks
— IGBO History & Facts (@IgboHistoFacts) April 26, 2022
The documentary will reportedly take a deep dive into Flavour’s music career and rise to stardom.
Since Amazon Prime Video’s (yes, it’s another video-on-demand streaming service!) official arrival in Nigeria at AFRIFF 2021, the streaming service has only done small-scale deals such as licensing movies that have completed their theatrical run to their catalogue. Some movies to have benefitted from this includes Niyi Akinmolayan’s Progressive Tailor Club and the Nancy Isime-led Superstar. With this Flavour deal (if true), it means that the streaming service really means business and we can expect an overflow of campaigns promoting the service to the average Nigerian.