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Chadwick Boseman to Star as First Black Samurai in Upcoming Historical Action Film

After much speculation, it's been announced that Boseman will play Yasuke, Japan's first African samurai.

Back in 2017, it was announced that a film on Yasuke, the world's first black samurai would be going into production. After much speculation, we finally learn that none other than Chadwick Boseman will play the role of the historical warrior.

Yasuke is believed to have lived during the 1500s, and historical accounts state that he could have been from Angola, Ethiopia or Mozambique, though many details about his life remain a mystery. It is known, however, that he worked under the Japanese ruler Oda Nobunaga, who gave him the name "Yasuke" according to Shadow and Act. There is no account of his birth name.

It is said that upon arriving in Japan in the late 14th century, Yasuke was met with astonishment, as he was the first black person that most Japanese had ever seen. He quickly became Nobunga's body guard before climbing the ranks to become one of Japan's most celebrated warriors.


"The legend of Yasuke is one of history's best-kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a samurai. That's not just an action movie, that's a cultural event, an exchange, and I am excited to be part of it," said Boseman of the film.

The film, originally set to be developed by Lionsgate, is now being developed under a team of producers, including Erik Feig, Mike De Luca, Stephen L'Heureux and Boseman himself. The script is being written by Narcos co-creator Doug Miro.

Boseman is an obvious choice for the role, as he's no stranger to playing black heroes—both historical and fictitious. As you may already know, the actor is Marvel's Black Panther and has played the likes of Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson in the past. Next he'll star in the crime thriller 21 Bridges.


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'Namaste Wahala' Is the Nollywood Meets Bollywood Crossover We've All Been Waiting For

The Nigerian-Indian wedding romcom of our dreams is coming our way this April!

It's no secret that Nigerians and Indians have one major thing in common: over the top weddings. The two cultures are basically neck-in-neck when it comes to beautiful, extravagant (emphasis on the 'extra') weddings, which is why many of us have often fantasized about attending a joint Nigerian-Indian wedding. The good news is that an upcoming romantic comedy, starring some of Nollywood and Bollywood's best, is here to indulge us.

Namaste Wahala is the film debut of Indian businesswoman turned filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja. She released the first poster for the movie on Tuesday, showing a young couple in elaborate wedding regalia, and it's been met with humor and excitement from people online.

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Mati Diop's 'Atlantiques' Will Be Making Its U.S. Debut at the 57th New York Film Festival

The critically acclaimed film from the Senegalese-French filmmaker will be heading to the big screen stateside very soon.

The main slate has been announced for the 57th New York Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center—holding from September 27 to October 13, Deadline reports.

This year's main slate presents films from 17 countries, highlighting both newcomers and celebrated filmmakers who made a statement at acclaimed international film festivals this year.

One of which is Mati Diop's Atlantiques. The Senegalese-French filmmaker was the one to watch this year at Cannes and took home the Grand Prix Award and a Netflix acquisition.

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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Rema, Niniola x Femi Kuti, Tony Allen, 2Baba, Olamide, Burna Boy, Fireboy DML and more

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in February.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 19 Best South African Songs of the Month

Featuring Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa, The Big Hash, Nduduzo Makhathini and more.

Our list of the best South African songs of the month includes new singles that dropped in October, alongside those that were highlighted by getting the music video treatment.

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