Produced by the renowned Inkblot Productions, the five-part series is scheduled for a global premiere on Netflix on December 16, 2022.
Coming-of-age stories are gaining traction in African cinema, and they can encompass a wide range of people, places, and times. Coming-of-age stories usually revolve around a pre-teen or teenager becoming an adult. Almost everyone has experienced growing up and encountering adult situations at a very young age. In this sense, coming-of-age stories hold a unique place in storytelling: they are broad enough to relate to and specific enough to teach us new perspectives.
Netflix announced the launch date of its first Nigerian Young Adult TV series titled Far From Home. Produced by the renowned Inkblot Productions, the five-part series is scheduled for a global premiere on Netflix on December 16, 2022.
In Far From Home, we meet Ishaya (Mike Afolarin), a charismatic teen from a poor family. He finds out that his dreams have become a reality when he receives a scholarship to the most prestigious school in the country, catapulting him into the affluent world of Nigeria's elite. All the while a colossal secret threatens Ishaya’s newfound status and, ultimately, his family’s safety.
The co-creator of Far From Home and founder of Inkblot Productions Chinaza Onuzo says: “We’re excited to be partnering with Netflix to create this special show on a global scale for and about young Nigerians. Working with such an amazing cast and crew to tell this unique story about making your way in the world and chasing your dreams no matter your status in life is such a privilege and honor.”
The coming-of-age story blends an exciting ensemble of up-and-coming talents and established screen actors like Funke Akindele, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Bolanle Ninalowo, Bucci Franklin, Bimbo Akintola, Linda Ejiofor, Chioma Akpotha, Femi Branch, Carol King, and Ufuoma Mcdermott. Mike Afolarin, Elma Mbadiwe, Genoveva Umeh, Gbubemi Ejeye, Olumide Oworu, and Natse Jemide are part of the vanguard of rising stars.
There is no better time to celebrate this milestone in Nollywood than December. School ends, and Santa Claus is on the horizon. People and nature emerge from their winter slumber. There is a weird mix of finality and newness that make December an exciting month for Far From Home.