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Idris Elba Will Create and Star In an Upcoming Comedy Series Based On His Childhood

Idris Elba is the show runner of a new comedy loosely based on his childhood.

From his early days as Stringer Bell on The Wire, to more recent roles in Luther and Beast of No Nation, Idris Elba has given us many memorable gritty performances. Now, the celebrated star is trying something completely new, and we're pretty much already sold on it.


Elba will create and star in an upcoming show called In the Long Run, an upcoming comedy series loosely based on his childhood. Set in 1980s London, it tells the story of the comfortable, working class Easman family, reports Shadow and ActShadow and Act.

Idris will play Walter, a factory worker who migrated to London with his wife, Evelyn—a door-to-door makeup seller—from Sierra Leone 13 years ago. It will also follow the adventures of their British-born son, Akuna.

The family lives a mostly quiet life until Walter's brother Valentine moves in and turns things upside down—but sort of in a good way—his presence helps fuel Akuna's passion for music, and brings energy and laughter to the Easman household.

“I'm really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs. With a great team behind it I look forward to people seeing it," says Elba.

We look forward to it as well!

The show will air on the UK's Sky TV, during their 10 PM slot. Stay tuned for an official premiere date!

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France Returns a 19th Century Sword Back to Senegal

The sword belonged to a Senegalese anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall.

France has returned a 19th century sword back to Senegal. The sword belonged to Senegalese Islamic scholar and anti-colonial struggle fighter Omar Saidou Tall. The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe recently handed over the sword to Senegal's President Macky Sall in a ceremony held in Dakar this past Sunday. The sword is now in the Museum of Black Civilizations of Dakar. The move comes after the Senegalese government's request for France to return more than 100 artifacts housed in French museums and France's President Emmanuel Macron subsequently commissioned a report entitled "The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a New Relational Ethics".

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Beloved South African Radio Broadcaster Xolani Gwala Has Passed Away

After a long battle with cancer, South Africans bid farewell to the Radio 702 broadcaster.

Radio 702 broadcaster Xolani Gwala, passed away in the early hours of this morning. After a long battle with cancer, he hangs up his earphones at the age of 44. He leaves behind his wife, Peggy Sue Khumalo and their two children.

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South Africa's Iconic Group Bongo Maffin is Set to Release a New Album

It will be the group's first album in well over a decade.

Last year, the iconic South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin, reunited after several years. They then went on to release the single "Harare" much to the delight of their numerous fans. Of course, the single was just an appetizer for everything else still to come. Thandiswa "King Tha" Mazwai, one of the members of the diverse quartet, recently confirmed that Bongo Maffin will be releasing an album on November 29th—the group's first album in well over a decade.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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