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Cinemafrique: Lupita Nyong'o In 'Americanah,' Sophie Okonedo Wins A Tony, Uzo Aduba On Funny Or Die + More

The latest in Okayafrica's Cinemafrique features African film and TV news on Lupita Nyong'o, Sophie Okonedo wins at the Tony's and more.


Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba on Funny Or Die

Welcome to the fifth installment of Cinemafrique, where every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at Lupita Nyongo's forthcoming adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, A Raisin In The Sun star Sophie Okonedo's Tony Awards triumph, Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba stars in a Funny Or Die sketch, the Zanzibar International Film Festival gets underway this weekend, Spoek Mathambo's South African electronic music documentary, call for submissions for Udada Film Festival and Africa in Motion, Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound of Mzansi documentary on South Africa's electronic music landscape, and nominees for the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Click on for the full scoop.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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