Meet Kenyan Entertainment Guru Dorothy Ghettuba: Content Manager for Africa, Netflix

by Duchess Magazine
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Ghettuba is ever committed to Promoting Authentic African stories And Talents!

The African continent, rich in diverse cultures and traditions has huge potential for her stories to be a leading voice on the international scale, it also offers great opportunities for the streaming marketplace.

“Our shows are broadcasting in over 190 countries. Surely that is the fastest way to export our stories and our culture to the rest of the world. It’s always been, “I have to go and I have to make it in Hollywood,” but now you can be a superstar in your backyard. Netflix is that vehicle and if you look at the stories we are telling, our culture is there. We believe rich stories can come from anywhere and can be loved everywhere across the world. We want our African stories to be watched across the globe.”

Award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Dorothy Ghettuba, a core believer in promoting the true African experience has carved an impressive track record of pushing to the fore, authentic African talents and stories.

In line with streaming giant Netflix’s commitment to promote inclusivity and diversity, showcasing Africa in all her glory, the entertainment veteran and film producer was appointed head of African Original Programming in December 2019 to further their vision.

Passionate about powering innovation and change within the film and TV community in Africa, she has since launched an array of original scripts from Africa such as the first African original, Queen Sono, ‘Made in Africa’, Blood & Water, A Naija Christmas, King of Boys among others which have witnessed tremendous love and success.

“Africa is filled with skilled storytellers, both established and undiscovered. And what we are doing is giving them the deserved global recognition that they deserve to have. At Netflix, Inclusion is one of our core values and essential to our programming as we try to reach our 222 million members.” She says in a chat with OkayAfrica.

She functions in several capacities and is also Co-founder Spielworks Media Ltd, a Kenyan based independent leading voice in content creation, production, distribution, and broadcast boasting of award-winning productions; 15 Television Shows, 10 Web series, and over 41 original African movies for the Television, Mobile, Web and Video On Demand platforms, as well as is co-founder of Keja TV an online Social TV Chanel targeted at Africans in the Diaspora and on the continent, developing creative talent as well as ensures great quality content.

The sought-after filmmaker is also the Chair of the Kenya Film Commission, appointed by President Kenyatta in May 2019.

Dorothy, an alumnus of The Bucerius School on Global Governance and a 2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow has racked up several honors including being named amongst the Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya in 2011 and 2014 and a prominent selection as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Women in Film in Africa as well as Top 50 Business People in Kenya. In 2016, she was named among C. Hub magazine’s 100 most influential creative personalities.

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