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From left to right: Birdman (Prince Williams/Wireimage), Solomon Onita Jr. (IMDB) and Benny Boom (Paras Griffin/Getty Images).

Birdman to Executive Produce Solomon Onita Jr.'s Nigerian Immigrant Drama 'Tazmanian Devil' with Benny Boom

The film, starring Abraham Attah of "Beasts of No Nation" and Adepero Oduye of "When They See Us" is currently in post-production.

Back in January, it was announced that Tazmanian Devil, Nigerian-American director Solomon Onita Jr.'s feature debut, is due to come to the big screen later this year.

In an update from a press release, we learn that Bryan 'Birdman' Williams of Cash Money Films will be teaming up with Benny Boom of Groundwurk Studios as the film's executive producers—financially backing the film as it's currently in post-production.


Both Birdman and Benny Boom have worked together since the early 2000s, creating music videos for the Hot Boyz, Juvenile, Big Tymers, Birdman himself and for Lil Wayne.

"I have been creating visuals for Cash Money artists for decades and I am excited about this next phase of our collaboration," Benny Boom says. "Bryan 'Birdman' Williams has supported me since my first years Directing and this joint venture is a natural business and creative transition--the first of many."

Birdman continues:

"I am honored to work with Benny; we share a great history in the music business over the past 20 years. Benny and I have often discussed making films together and this project presented us with the perfect opportunity to produce a great movie."

Tazmanian Devil follows Dayo, a 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant who moves to the US to live with his estranged father, who left his son and wife behind to pursue missionary work. The father and son struggle to bond, and they bump heads even more when Dayo begins the process of joining a college fraternity—forcing him to discover his own beliefs while being challenged by his strict and religious father.

"Essentially the film...is about choosing your own path, it's about identity and it's about culture clashes," he explains in BET's Project Cre8 contest.

Tazmanian Devil stars Ghanaian actor Abraham Attah (Beats Of No Nation), Adepero Oduye (When They See Us, Pariah) who will play Dayo's mother, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The Chi, Queen of Katwe), who will play his father, as well as Kwesi Boakye (Claws, Fight). The film was shot in Dallas, Texas.

TigerEye Films' Tricia Woodgett is the producer of the film, along with Gerald Rawles (Next Day Air) as the executive producer.

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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