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John Boyega Is Set to Executive Produce UK Fantasy-Horror, 'A Spriggan'

This is the second film to be produced under the Nigerian-British actor's company, UpperRoom Productions.

John Boyega will add another executive producer credit to his growing list of accomplishments outside of acting after his company, UpperRoom Productions, landed its second film post-Pacific Rim.

He's set to executive produce A Spriggan, a UK fantasy-horror from writer and director Keir Burrows, along with producer Josephine Rose, Deadline reports.

The film, which taps UK folklore, tells the story of a recently widowed mother who visits her father's isolated hotel only to discover a sinister folklore presence haunting the land.


A Spriggan is in the process of casting, as Boyega is currently shooting Star Wars IX.

"I'm really excited to be joining A Spriggan and the team behind it," he says in a statement. "In my producing projects, I'm looking for film-maker driven, world-building, cinematic pieces, and have found in Josephine Rose another producer who shares that creative vision and commercial ambition. We're looking forward to working with Keir Burrows to explore the monsters of real-life through a dark, twisted, fairy-tale world of the Spriggan."

Back in April, Boyega returned to his native Nigeria ready to look for the same with filmmakers and creatives from his homeland. We're still keeping an eye on any developments from his search.

"I'm very much interested in original, Nigerian stories," he says in an interview with CNBC Africa. "I grew up on Nollywood—the first Nollywood movie I ever watched was Blood Sisters with Genevieve Nnaji and...it's a chance for me to develop these stories, merge Nollywood with Hollywood; connect to artists here."

Revisit the full interview here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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