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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.

Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images.

Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.

Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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Photo courtesy of @sahraisha

#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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