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Barkhad Abdi Joins A-List Hollywood Stars for the ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

The Somali-American actor, who first appeared in ‘Captain Phillips’ has scored his third feature film.

Remember Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips, which scored him an Oscars nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2013?


The Hollywood Reporter reports Abdi is the latest actor to sign onto Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel, also starring Nice Guys Ryan Gosling, Star Wars Harrison Ford, House of Cards Robin Wright and WWE champ Dave Bautista.

Abdi will begin filming the Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures production, which is currently unnamed, in July.

The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel, based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, takes place several decades after the 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi noir classic.

This is Abdi’s third feature film, he also appeared in Eye In the Sky. He’s come a long way since his humble beginnings in Mogadishu and Minnesota, where he made a living as a limousine chauffeur, a DJ and sold mobile phones (gotta have your side hustle).

It’s clear the words Abdi said to Tom Hanks while portraying a Somali pirate ringleader, “I’m the captain now,” are ringing true.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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