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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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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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