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The Scandalous Lives Of Powerful Nigerian Women Hit Netflix

EbonyLife Films' Biyi Bandele-directed Nigerian drama 'Fifty' is now available to stream on Netflix.


While it’s too early to say whether their launch across the continent will mean a push towards African content on Netflix, one recent title addition suggests a promising development for the streaming service.

In Fifty, we’re introduced to a circle of powerful middle-aged Nigerian women. Half of a Yellow Sun director Biyi Bandele takes us through a series of twists and turns in the lead-up to a high-profile 50th birthday celebration in Lagos.

There’s Tola (Dakore Akande), a reality TV star haunted by a tragic family secret. Famed obstetrician Elizabeth’s (Ireti Doyle) thing for younger men has left her with a strained relationship with her daughter. Maria (Omoni Oboli) discovers she’s pregnant at the age of 49. Kate (Nse Ikpe-Etim) develops an obsessive relationship with the church in the face of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Nneka, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tiwa Savage and Waje also make appearances.

Executive produced by EbonyLife TV CEO Mo Abudu, the movie had its world premiere December in Lagos. It was also the only Nigerian film to screen at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.

As of this month, Fifty is available to stream worldwide on Netflix. Keep up with the film on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.