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Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart' and 'Black Earth Rising' Starring Michaela Coel Will Premiere on Netflix in January 2019

Start of your 2019 Netflix binge with these African women powerhouses.

Netflix has announced the films and TV shows that will be coming and leaving the platform in January, Shadow and Act reports.


As anticipated, Nollywood maven Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart, her directorial debut, now has a premiere date on the streaming platform: January 4, 2019.

Revisit the full synopsis + trailer below.

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results.

LIONHEART by Genevieve Nnaji - trailer eng sub youtu.be

Lionheart was well-received at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and made history when it became the first original Netflix film to come out of Nigeria. This deal is part of the platform's efforts to ramp up original content coming from the continent. Read more about it here.

Black Earth Rising is the international thriller starring Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel that was picked up by both BBC and Netflix, premiering on the British broadcasting network earlier this year. The eight-part drama series is available for viewing on the streaming platform on January 25, 2019.

The series follows Kate Ashby (Coel), a legal investigator who was rescued as a young girl during the Rwandan genocide and was adopted by British prosecutor in international criminal law, Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter). When Eve takes on a case at the ICC that is looking to prosecute an African militia leader, the case puts Kate into a journey that changes her life forever.

Watch the trailer below.

Black Earth Rising: Launch Trailer - BBC youtu.be

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."

Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

Photo by: Edwin Remsberg / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Supports Removal of Apartheid Statues

This past Heritage Day, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that monuments 'glorifying' the country's 'divisive past' should be repositioned and relocated.

This past Thursday, South Africans once again celebrated Heritage Day. Naturally, conversations around conserving the heritage of Black South Africans were at the fore. In light of the Black Lives Matter protests that have spread across the world following continued police brutality and discrimination towards Black people in America, many African countries have been confronted with their own stark realities—the public glorification of colonialists in the form of statues. Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that monuments "glorifying" the country's "divisive past" should be repositioned and relocated, according to EWN.
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Listen to Langa Mavuso's Debut Album 'LANGA'

Soothing and deeply moving, Langa Mavuso's debut album 'LANGA' is an exquisite musical offering we didn't know we needed until now.

South African singer Langa Mavuso has released his highly anticipated debut album titled LANGA. The 12-track project features pre-released tracks including the beloved "Intliziyo" featuring Loyiso, "Mvula" and "Love Lost" which dropped at the end of May this year. The album also features Zadok, Aimee George, Manana and Zöe Modiga. LANGA follows Mavuso's 2018 Liminal Sketches EP.
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