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Blitz the Ambassador's 'The Burial of Kojo' Will Make Its World Premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival

This is the musician's first go at bringing complex and beautiful stories about Ghanaian life to the big screen.

After much anticipation, Ghanaian musician Blitz the Ambassador's debut feature film will hit the big screen this September.

The Burial of Kojo will make its world premiere on September 21 as part of the World Cinema Narrative Features program at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, Variety reports.

Blitz also added when making the announcement on Twitter that a Q&A will follow after the screening.

The film tells the story of two brothers—Kwabena and Kojo. Kwabena seeks revenge on his brother after Kojo kills Kwabena's bride in a car accident on the day of their wedding. Kwabena then knocks Kojo unconscious; throwing him in a mineshaft to die. Kojo's wife and Detective Koomson race against the clock to find Kojo before it's too late.

The Burial of Kojo is also inspired by the illegal small-scale gold mining industry in Ghana, often refrerred to as galamsey.

"Instead of centering the issues, I centered the people, which is seldom done when Hollywood makes films about Africa," he tells OkayAfrica back in October 2017. "Our objective was to capture the beauty, even when the circumstances weren't beautiful."

We touched base with Blitz as he neared the end of his Kickstarter campaign and began post-production of the film thanks to the funds raised. To read further on The Burial of Kojo, click here.

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The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

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