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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.


Sophie Okonedo Wins Best Performance At The Tony's

"Jewish/Nigerian/Brit" Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees) won the Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Play" over the weekend for her portrayal of Ruth Younger in the Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun, beating out her co-star Anika Noni Rose. A Raisin In The Sun marks the Oscar-nominated (for her role in Hotel Rwanda) actress’ first appearance on Broadway. Next up for Okonedo, she'll appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the second season of the BBC’s Shakespeare series The Hollow Crown.

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Chinonye Chukwu Will Direct the First Two Episodes of HBO Max's Upcoming 'Americanah' Series

Here's the latest news surrounding the highly-anticipated limited series, starring Lupita Nyong'o, Uzo Aduba and more.

Nigerian-American director Chinonye Chukwu is set to helm the first two episodes of the upcoming limited series Americanah, starring Lupita Nyong'o.

Chukwu is the award-winning filmmaker, behind the critically-acclaimed film Clemency, which won the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, making her the first Black woman to win the award.

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Watch Trevor Noah Talk About the Lack of Diversity in the 2020 Oscar Nominations

In a segment of 'The Daily Show', the South African comedian shares his views about the glaringly White and male nominations for this year's Oscars.

Following the release of the Oscar nominations recently, there's been widespread outrage with the glaring lack of diversity among this year's nominees.

Recently, South African comedian and host of the The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, gave his views on the matter. As always, he held nothing back.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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