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Danai Gurira Is Set To Present Her Play 'The Convert' at London's Young Vic This Year

The "Black Panther" actor and playwright is bringing the 1890s Rhodesia-set drama, to the prominent British theater company.

Danai Gurira is not only fierce in front of the camera, and she's continuing to prove that as she makes waves in the theater world.

Gurira's stage play The Convert will be showing from December to January at London's Young Vic, Shadow and Act reports. The announcement was part of the prominent British theater's release of new shows under its new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah.


The Convert is set in Rhodesia in 1896, and follows the journey of a young woman named Jekesai, who turns to Catholicism while fleeing a forced marriage. The play is said to explore the impact that colonialism and Catholicism on black identity. Gurira, who lends her own middle name to the play's main character, grew up in Zimbabwe and uses the country as the setting in several of her plays.

If you were familiar with Gurira before she slayed as the leader of the Dora Milaje in Black Panther, you'll know how dynamic she is in theater world. She co-wrote and co-starred in her first play In the Continuum, which the cast performed in Harare in commemoration of World Aids Day. Her Tony-nominated play Eclipsed, which starred her Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong'o, was the first to feature an all black female cast and creative team on Broadway in 2016.

The Young Vic will stage the return of The Convent, which originally premiered in 2012 and earned Gurira a Whiting Award for her dramatic writing.

While her play doesn't premiere until December, you can still see Gurira weilding a spear as she reprises her role as Okoye in Avengers: Infinity Wars later this month.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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Comedian Munya Chawawa Signs Major Deal with Atlantic Records

Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian Munya Chawawa, known for his hilarious online skits, has recently signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records.

Comedian Munya Chawawa has recently announced that he has signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records UK, this according to Greedy South. Chawawa's humorous sketches continue to land him a number of prominent deals. Unknown P, one of Chawawa's funny personalities, is the winning man who secured the deal with Atlantic Records for his humourous "drill rap". The news follows Chawawa's Netflix deal after exquisitely parodying BBC news reader, Barty Crease. The Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian took to Twitter to announce the news.

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Burkina Faso Commences Presidential Elections Despite Jihadist Attacks

Burkina Faso has gone ahead with the country's scheduled presidential elections despite continued attacks from Jihadist groups.

According to EWN, Burkina Faso went ahead with planned elections this past Sunday despite Jihadist threats which resulted in more than a fifth of the country not being able to vote. Additionally, opposition parties have been adamant about unseating current President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. According to Business Day news, Burkina Faso has been facing an unprecedented increase in Al-Qaeda related attacks which have destablised the country.

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