LAGOS, Nigeria — Is Africa ready for drama? Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV and Disney Media Distribution EMEA say they will co-produce a new series called Desperate Housewives Africa which is set to premiere in the summer of 2014. EbonyLife TV’s CEO Mo Abudu says the series will have “an African soul” and the show will also act as a vehicle to promote Nigerian dress designers and feature pan-African acting talent.
In a joint statement Monday, Abudu said the African version of the popular series will be filmed on location in a gated community of the upscale Lekki suburb in Lagos, Nigeria’s bustling economic hub.
Disney EMEA general manager Giovanni Mastrangelo said it offers “the opportunity to engage African audiences through locally relevant and entertaining storytelling.” He said versions of Desperate Housewives have been produced in Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and the United States in Spanish.