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AMMA ASANTE

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Amma Asante is a London-based, award-winning writer and director. The Ghanaian-British screenwriter got her start in the entertainment industry as an actress. During her late teens, acting took a backseat as she made her way into directing. The BBC2 urban drama Brothers and Sister, featured a young David Oyelowo who is now an A-list Hollywood star (Selma). In 2004, she wrote and directed her first film,A Way of Life, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and won seventeen international awards.




In 2004, Asante followed up A Way of Life with her second feature film Belle which became a phenomenal success that Oprah publicly endorsed. The movie led to widespread international acclaim, which resulted in Asante featuring as one of CNN's Leading Women of 2014. Additionally, she was honored alongside Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Jane Fonda at the 2014 Media Center awards. Asante has two highly anticipated 2017 features, Where Hands Touch and A United Kingdom.-MB

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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