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Cynthia Erivo to Star In Upcoming 'Rip Van Winkle' Film Musical by Nigerian Writer Amanda Idoko

The film, based on the colonial-era short story will also star Josh Gad.

Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo has signed on for yet another exciting film project.

The British-Nigerian actress is set to star in an upcoming musical film inspired by the popular colonial American short story Rip van Winkle.

The script will be helmed by Nigerian writer Amanda Idoko—the writer behind the upcoming DC film Plastic Man, with original songs by Kate Anderson and Elissa Samse.


Actor Josh Gad who will also star in and executive produce the upcoming film, which tells the story of "a villager who falls asleep only to wake up decades later, missing the American Revolution," and is a cautionary tale about the dangers of sleeping one's life away, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Erivo will play Harriet Tubman in a highly-anticipated biopic about the abolitionist hero, set to drop later this year which will also star Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr. and Antonio J. Bell.

She'll also star in the upcoming HBO series The Outsider, by acclaimed sci-fi author Stephen King.



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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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