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'An African City' and 'School Girls' Star MaameYaa Boafo Lands Role in New NBC Legal Drama

The Ghanaian actor is set to play a private investigator in upcoming pilot, "Bluff City Law."

Coming off the heels of a successful run at MCC Theater for School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, Ghana's own MaameYaa Boafo has secured the network TV bag.


Boafo is set to be a series regular in a NBC legal drama pilot in the works—Bluff City Law, Deadline reports. Starring alongside Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee, the series follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis firm that works through the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Boafo's character is Briana Logan—a private investigator working in the firm.

"Led by legendary lawyer Elijah Strait (Smits) and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller (McGee), they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship," Deadline shares.

If you followed Nicole Amarteifo's groundbreaking web series An African City, Boafo is surely a familiar face, where she starred as Nana Yaa as she and four independent African women in their 30s navigate life after returning to Ghana from abroad. Since then, she's been rocking the theatre world in School Girls, which landed her a nomination for a Lucille Lortell Award and for the Los Angeles Drama Circle Award for best actor. She also snagged the Drama Desk award for her role.

Bluff City Law is the show's current working title and was created by Dean Georgaris (The Brave), David Jallonari, Michael Aguilar and Universal TV. Boafo is repped by UTA, Atlas Artists and Frankfurt Kurnit.

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Mozambique's Political Unrest: Where Things Stand

Fears continue to be on the rise as more attacks by militants are anticipated in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

On March 24th, militants stormed Palma—a gas-rich city in Mozambique—as part of an ongoing insurgency in the country dating back to 2017. Dozens of civilians have been killed although an official death toll has not been declared as of yet. Currently, at least 8000 more have been left displaced, fleeing to other parts of the country and attempting to seek asylum in Tanzania. This is believed to be the worst attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, to date.
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Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara's Murder

Justice is on the horizon as Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, is indicted for the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country's capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including "assassination" and "concealment of corpses".

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​DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small Enlist Tresor on Their New Amapiano Album

"Rumble In The Jungle", the latest project from dynamic duo DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, in collaboration with singer TRESOR, offers a refreshingly mature and pan-African amapiano sound.

Acclaimed South African production duo, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, popularly known as Scorpion Kings, recently released their new album Rumble In The Jungle in collaboration with TRESOR, a Congolese-born but South Africa-based vocalist. The album's two lead singles "Funu" and "Fola Sade" are already popular with music fans. By roping Tresor into their latest amapiano offering, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small aimed to create a musical experience that would unite Africans.

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize Announces 2021 Shortlist

Moso Sematlane, Rémy Ngamije, Ola W. Halim, Vincent Anioke and Franklyn Usouwa are the African writers on the shortlist for this year's Commonwealth Short Story Prize.