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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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