Film

African Metropolis: Short Films For Six African Cities

'African Metropolis' is a series showcasing six cities and African filmmakers. The film series is part of the Toronto International Film Festival


African Metropolis is a short fiction film series that represents six major African cities in a fresh way. Deemed a “partnership towards new African cinema,” the series was created to promote a new image of African visual art, partiularly film. From 40 scripts collected and reviewed, the six filmmakers were chosen from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi individually.

In the shorts, each filmmaker discusses a multitude of issues affecting their hometowns, including gender equality, forced labor and "unnatural love." Three short films from the series — Berea (South Africa), Homecoming (Kenya) and To Repel Ghosts (Cote D'Ivoire) — will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), from September 5 to September 7. Directors Vincent Moloi (South Africa) and Jim Chuchu (Kenya) will be apart of the crowd at the screenings in TIFF. Head to the African Metropolis website to watch previews of each film.

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We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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