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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's 'Farming' Lands Sizable International Deal After Its World Premiere at TIFF

The intense film from the Nigerian-British actor-turned-director and writer will soon appear on big screens around the world.

Farming was one of the films from Africa and the diaspora to watch at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and it's now the second from that crop to land an international deal.

Directed by Nigerian-British actor-turned-director/writer Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lionsgate UK acquired the UK rights to the film with HanWay Films. The distribution entity is also handling sales and closing deals in France, the Benelux region, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, South Korea, China, Greece, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey and more, Deadline reports. WME Endeavor Content will oversee the film's U.S. sale with HanWay and CAA.

Farming draws from Akinnuoye-Agbaje's own life his for his directorial debut, telling the story about Enitan (Damson Idris), a London-born Nigerian child who was intentionally placed in a white working-class home as part of a 1960s social experiment in hopes of giving him a brighter future. Enitan floats between cultures, where he ends up hanging with the wrong crowd becoming a leader of white skinhead gang.

Watch the clip from Farming below.


"The film happened when it was actually meant to in society. Now we're in a time when diverse voices have a platform. I think the film has been made at the right time…for a voice of this nature to be heard," Akinnuoye-Agbaje tells Variety. "I'm hoping that what this film does is really create an opportunity for us as a people, but also as a nation, to reevaluate its relationship with its black immigrant population."

Farming also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Akinnuoye-Agbaje himself, Genevieve Nnaji, Zephan Amissah, Kate Beckinsale, and John Dagleish. Members of the cast talk more in-depth about the film at TIFF with The Hollywood Reporter below.

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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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Mini Cho and the Renaissance of African Surf Culture

Competitive surfing helped Mini Cho find his place in the world. Now he wants to bring other Mozambicans into the fold.

While competitive surfing may be relatively new for much of coastal Africa, the existence of wave-riding has always been embedded within the rich diversity of African cultures. The recently released book Afrosurf, explores the renaissance of African surf culture, and the communities that have cultivated it.

The origins of surfing are commonly associated with Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, but historians, like University of California history professor, Kevin Dawson, have collated documented evidence of the independent history of African wave-riding from as early as the 1640s.

Yet, the development of professional surfing has created a surfing culture that has been predominantly framed from a Western perspective.

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