It's Official: Beyoncé Is Going to Voice Nala In the Live Action Version of 'The Lion King'

Beyoncé will voice Nala in the upcoming live action remake of 'The Lion King.'

For a couple of months now, rumors have been swirling that the one and only Beyoncé would voice Nala in the upcoming live action version of "The Lion King." Well we don't have to speculate anymore—Beyoncé announced the news on Wednesday via her Facebook account. Disney also confirmed the official cast via Twitter.


The star singer will join Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villainous Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi and a bevy of other big name actors for the Disney remake. Check out the full cast below.

Though we're still confused as to how this film will be executed—are they going to be humans dressed as lions? We already know that we will spending out money on movie tickets to see this movie either way, possibly more than once.

The Lion King hits theaters on July 19, 2019.

African Athletes Break Barriers at 2018 Winter Olympics

They did it for the culture.

The 2018 Winter Olympics have undoubtedly been a monumental one for African athletes.

Several national teams from across the continent made their triumphant Olympic debuts, challenging years upon years of white domination at the games. These athletes hail from Eritrea, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and more.

These athletes had won the games, even before any medals were awarded, solely based on the fact that their achievements have broken ground for future athletes from the continent.

Keep reading... Show less

You Need to Hear Odie's Industrial Afrobeats Sound In 'Faith'

The 21-year-old producer & singer has been channeling his Nigerian roots into next level fusions.

After jumping back into the scene with the smooth alternative R&B; track "Little Lies" a couple of weeks ago, Odie is back at it with a more up-tempo sound this time around.

"Faith" is the infectious new single off the producer-cum-singer's upcoming project, Analogue, which is due in the spring.

The Toronto-born, Bay Area-raised artist lets his Nigerian roots come alive with the song which incorporates both industrial sounds and afrobeats. The 21-year-old talent has previously stated that he is influenced by the likes of Kid Cudi, Chris Martin, and Fela Kuti. It's not hard to spot how seamlessly he is blending these varied styles in his music.

Keep reading... Show less

This Zambian Filmmaker Won a BAFTA for Her Debut Film 'I Am Not a Witch"

The filmmaker say her win "was a real big shock."

"I Am Not a Witch," a Zambian film about a nine-year-old girl, played by Maggie Mulubwa, sentenced to exile at a witch camp, earned the award for Outstanding debut at the 2018 BAFTA's.

Zambian-born filmmaker, Rungano Nyoni, who moved to wales at the age of 9, expressed genuine shock over the win. "I was waiting for my category to go so I could go to the toilet," said Nyoni afterwards. "It was a real big shock."

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.