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Cynthia Erivo Has Been Nominated for the 2019 BAFTA Rising Star Award

The shortlist also includes Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and more.

British-Nigerian actress and singer Cynthia Erivo is one of five nominees for this year's BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright who was recently named the highest box office-earning actor of 2018 was also nominated as well as Atlanta actor and star of Sorry to Bother You Lakeith Stanfield. Actors Jessie Buckley and Barry Keoghan were also shortlisted for the award, which is determined by public vote.


Last year, Births-Ugandan actor Daniel Kaluuya won the award for his seminal role in Get Out. John Boyega is also amongst the awards's previous winners.

Erivo, who is slated to play Harriet Tubman in an upcoming biopic, has a fruitful 2018. The Tony-winning actress, starred alongside Viola Davis in Steve McQueen's 2018 heist thriller Widows, as well as in Bad Times at the El Royale.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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