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Danai Gurira Talks All-Female 'Avengers' Movie Rumors & Visiting Nigeria On 'Ellen'

The actress talks 'Avengers,' working on her new mini-series adaptation of 'Americanah' and more with Ellen DeGeneres.

Danai Gurira stopped by The Ellen Show on Wednesday to discuss her role in Avengers: Infinity War, Walking Dead, her work as a writer and her upcoming mini-series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, which she's developing with Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong'o.

When asked if she gets recognized everywhere she goes now, due to her success, the actor told a quick story about how she was recognized by an older Nigerian man, while she was their doing research for her Americanah mini-series.


"I was in this very small town in a small hotel, and I was just walking across the breakfast room to get a cup of tea," says Danai. "Then, this man, he was probably around 60 or so, looked up and went, "GENERAL." That was surprising."

Lupita Nyong'o shared a picture of the two of them on their trip to Lagos earlier on Twitter.

Danai went on to address the ongoing talks of a possible all-female Avengers film. Though she says it's just a rumor, the actress says she's excited about the prospect of one happening sometime in the future.

"These things are starting to happen and I think it's really exciting because it's showing that yeah of course it's time we start seeing the perspective of a story come exclusively from women. I mean, magic happens when women do their thing. You know what I'm saying?"

Yes, we do Danai.

Watch the full interview below.

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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Listen to Tekno's New Single 'Kata'

The Nigerian artist and producer returns with a melodic banger just in time for the weekend.

Nigerian artist Tekno is back with his second single of the year, "Kata."

The heavyweight artist and producer delivers a melodic track that sees him singing about his devotion to his lover over drum-filled production from Phantom. The track features subdued vocals from. the artist, and a beat that's easy to move along to. The song follows the track 'Beh Beh' which he released earlier this year.

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South African Jazz Artist Nduduzo Makhathini Releases Highly-Anticipated Blue Note Records Debut

Listen to South African jazz artist Nduduzo Makhathini's new album 'Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds.'

South African pianist, composer, and healer Nduduzo Makhathini has released his Blue Note Records debut Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds. The 11-track album is characterized by Makhathini's trademark piano keys, hissing percussions that collide with expressive vocals. As is always the case with Makhathini's work, spirituality is a huge part of the album deals with humans' connection to the ancestors and the spiritual realm.

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