Imagine sitting in a room with George Lucas as you binge-watch the complete Star Wars catalog – that’s what this new app, Okiki, is trying to do.
Of course, George Lucas is a long shot, but the local producer that worked on that Nollywood movie you love so much might be a fair game.
Okiki app is a social streaming app that allows users stream Nollywood movies while connecting with actors and studio execs that worked on the movie.
“Fans can interact with their favourite movie directors and Nollywood celebrities via live-streamed interviews and chats, and creators get the chance to connect with their fans, boosting revenue and providing invaluable publicity and exposure,” the developers said.
It’s essentially an Irokotv with a social layer. The app was built by Soulsapp, a software development firm based in the UK. Brothers, Oluwafemi and Adebayo Dada are the co-founders of the firm and they told TechCabal they have received up to $52, 000 in funding to date.
For a long time, content producers in Nigeria – especially Music and movie makers – have had to contend piracy. The developers are also pitching the app as an anti-piracy platform and content on the platform are DRM protected.
Okiki is the most recent in the streaming and VOD demand space in Nigeria. While iROKOtv is running the space for now amidst some other players, Okikitv with its social layer could quickly shoot to the fore front. Of course, aside streaming quality, the heft of Okiki’s catalogue as well as relevance and consistency of celebrities on the platform are also factors. The developers are yet to comment on these as the time of this writing.