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.

Half Of A Yellow Sun Opens In U.S. Theaters May 16th

After making its NYC debut last Friday at the New York African Film Festival, the feature film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun officially hits U.S. theaters this Friday, May 16th. Ahead of its stateside release, Okayafrica had the chance to catch up with with one of the film’s stars, Anika Noni Rose, for an in-depth conversation about her experiences during filming, Nigeria’s historical myopia when it comes to the Biafran War and the importance for increased minority visibility in children’s literature.

>>>Read Our Full Interview With HOAYS Star Anika Noni Rose

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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