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Cinemafrique: African Film & TV News On John Boyega In Star Wars, Barkhad Abdi Cast In Military Drone Thriller + More

The latest in Okayafrica's Cinemafrique series features African film & TV news on 'Star Wars: Episode VII' star John Boyega , Barkhad Abdi and more.


Star Wars: Episode VII Star John Boyega

Welcome to the third edition of Cinemafrique. Every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at Barkhad Abdi's next role in a military drone thriller with Colin Firth, Star Wars: Episode VII star John Boyega, Nejib Belkhadi's Tunisian political thriller Bastardo, the digital release of heavy Kenyan huffing glue doc Tough Bond, Half Of A Yellow Sun in theaters, Film Africa and PAFF-ATL's call for submissions, and Finding Fela's upcoming North American theatrical run. Click on for the full scoop.

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COVID-19 Cases Surge To Five Million In Africa

As the world approaches a post-pandemic era, South Africa, Kenya, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Ethiopia and Egypt top the list of countries contributing to Africa's alarming five million COVID-19 cases.

Africa has reportedly reached a highly concerning number of COVID-19 cases. Recent statistics show that over five million Africans have contracted the coronavirus since its discovery in 2019. These numbers are alarming despite Africa's large population of over 1.2 billion, marking a reported increase of 16 percent in death rates. South Africa, which is officially in a third wave, leads the numbers and accounts for almost half of the deaths across the continent. On the contrary, cases globally have been declining for the sixth consecutive week.

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