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'Hello, Rain,' Is an Afrofuturistic Short Film Based on Nnedi Okorafor's 'Hello, Moto'

The sci-fi tale of a woman who creates wigs with superpowers for her friends, is being made into a film by Nigerian director, CJ Obasi.

Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll, and we're so glad that we get to tag along for the ride.

After a tremendous 2017, in which the celebrated writer announced an upcoming HBO series based on her novel Who Fears Death, released the second novel in her Akata series Akata Warrior, penned the latest digital-first Black Panther comic, and gave an unforgettable TED Talk on the power of homegrown African sci-fi.

The writer is kicking off 2018, with some more exciting news: her novel, Hello Moto is currently being adapted into a short film, entitled Hello Rain by award-winning Nigerian filmmaker, CJ Obasi, the creator of the zombie thriller, Ojuju, which won "Best Nigerian Film" at the 2014 Africa International Film Festival.

The short, afro-futuristic tale tells the story of Rain, a woman who creates wigs for her friends which contain otherworldly powers.

Here's an excerpt from the story, via Konbini:

"We were three women. Three friends. We had goals, hopes and dreams. We had careers. Two of us had boyfriends. We owned houses. We all had love.

Then I made these wigs. I gave them to my two friends. The three of us put them on. The wigs were supposed to make things better.

But something went wrong. Like the nation we were trying to improve, we became backward. Instead of giving, we took."

Black women, magic, and fierce wigs? We're already here for it.

Watch a short teaser for the film down below.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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