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David Oyelowo's New Scholarship Will Benefit Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

Oprah Winfrey steps up to fund the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls founded in part by the British-Nigerian actor.

David Oyelowo knows how to keep his name in the news.


In addition to a growing roster of forthcoming films Queen of Katwe, Five Nights In Maine, and A United Kingdom, Oyelowo has partnered with The GEANCO Foundation for the inaugural David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, according to the press release .

The scholarship, designed to benefit Nigerian girls who have been victims of violence and crippling gender-based inequality, isn’t in name only. As an ardent GEANCO supporter and recipient of the foundation’s “Global Promise Award” last year for his commitment to Nigerian youth, Oyelowo has played an integral role in the scholarships' funding, administration and promotion.

"We cannot stand idly by while thousands of innocent girls remain under serious threat. With our help, these bright and resilient girls can blossom into Nigeria's most inspiring leaders in government, education, business, entertainment, and so much more,” the Selma actor says. “The way to combat oppression and injustice is to be intentional in calling it out and then seeking to affect sustainable and long-term change. That is what these Leadership scholarships are all about. We seek to nurture a generation of strong female trailblazers whose positive impact will be felt across Nigeria and around the world."

The David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls is in response to the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls and others who have been kidnapped, raped and terrorized in Nigeria. Those who have managed to escape or have been rescued often face ostracism from their communities and have fewer educational opportunities.

British actor David Oyelowo and media mogul Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is among the group of seed funders who made the three scholarships that will be handed out for the 2016-2017 academic year possible. This year’s recipient will have an opportunity to enroll at the Anglican Girls Grammar School, a boarding school known for its emphasis on STEM, located in the capital, Abuja.

Future scholarship recipients will be placed at other high-performing schools in Nigeria.

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David Oyelowo Will Star as US President In an Upcoming Drama Series from Showtime

'The President Is Missing' is based on a bestselling novel co-written by Bill Clinton.

Davido Oyelowo is set to star in Showtime's upcoming series pilot, The President Is Missing, a drama based on the bestselling 2018 novel by former US president Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Deadline reports.

The series is set to begin production early next year, and will see Oyelowo portraying an unambitious vice president who is unexpectedly thrust into the role of head of state against his desires.

READ: In Conversation: Abiola Oke With David Oyelowo

Here's a full description of The President Is Missing via Deadline:

In The President Is Missing, a powerless and politically aimless vice president (Oyelowo) unexpectedly becomes president halfway into his administration's first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.
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Watch the Intense Trailer for 'Don't Let Go,' Starring David Oyelowo

Oyelowo and Storm Reid shine in the new trailer for the upcoming psychological thriller.

David Oyelowo and A Wrinkle In Time star, Storm Reid are on a psychological journey to escape death in the new trailer for their film Don't Let Go.

Both actors give heavy performances, as the film sees Oyelowo taking on the role of a police officer, Jack Radcliff, who has a chance to change the chain of events that led to the murder of his niece Ashley (Storm Reid), and hopefully save her.

The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, with the producers of Get Out. Oyelowo himself is also a producer on the film.

Read: In Conversation: Abiola Oke With David Oyelowo

Don't Let Go also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina and Mykelti Williamson, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, and April Grace. The film, which originally premiered at Sundance under the title Relive, is due out in theaters on August 30.

Back in March, it was announced that Oyelowo is also working on his very own directorial debut The Water Man, which will be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Watch the trailer for Don't Let Go below.

Don't Let Go - Official Trailer (2019) www.youtube.com

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In Conversation with Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas: 'This isn't a Black Bonnie and Clyde film—our stories are singular, they're ours.'

'Queen and Slim' lands in South Africa.

Melina Matsoukas and Daniel Kaluuya are everything their surroundings at the opulent Saxon Hotel are not—down-to-earth and even comedic at times. Despite the harsh lights and cameras constantly in their faces, they joke around and make the space inviting. They're also eager to know and pronounce the names of everyone they meet correctly. "It's Rufaro with an 'R'? Is that how you say it?" Kaluuya asks me as he shakes my hand.

Matsoukas, a two-time Grammy award winning director and Kaluuya, an A-list actor who's starred in massive titles including Black Panther and Get Out, have every reason to be boastful about their achievements and yet instead, they're relatable.

The duo is in South Africa to promote their recent film Queen Slim which is hitting theaters today and follows the eventful lives of a Black couple on the run after killing a police officer. It's a film steeped in complexity and layered themes to do with racism, police brutality and of course Black love.

We caught up with both of them to talk about just what it took from each of them to bring the powerful story to the big screen.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Installation view of Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara © The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2020, photography by Anna-Marie Kellen.

The Met's New Exhibition Celebrates the Rich Artistic History of the Sahel Region

'Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara' is an enxtensive look into the artistic past of the West African region.

West Africa's Sahel region has a long and rich history of artistic expression. In fact, pieces from the area, which spans present-day Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, date all the way back to the first millennium. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, a new exhibition showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, dives into this history to share an expansive introduction to those who might be unfamiliar with the Sahel's artistic traditions.

"The Western Sahel has always been a part of the history of African art that has been especially rich, and one of the things that I wanted to do with this exhibition, that hasn't done before, is show one of the works of visual art...and present them within the framework of the great states that historians have written about that developed in this region," curator Alisa LaGamma tells Okayafrica. She worked with an extensive team of researchers and curators from across the globe, including Yaëlle Biro, to bring the collection of over 200 pieces to one of New York City's most prestigious art institutions.

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