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Kay Oyegun Will Write a New Script Adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi's 'Children of Blood and Bone'

This may be the first feature property to be produced by Lucasfilm since it was acquired by Disney.

This is Us and Queen Sugar writer, Kay Oyegun, is currently working on a deal to write a new script adaptation of Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi's bestselling fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone. According to Deadline, the award-winning writer will work on the adaptation of the novel under the Fox/Disney label alongside director, Rick Famuyiwa, of Dope, Brown Sugar and The Wood. Should the deal go through, this will be the first film to be produced by Lucasfilm, of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchise films, since the company was acquired by Disney almost seven years ago.


Oyegun, who was highlighted as one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women back in 2018, is making some serious career moves this year and we're so here for it. The 31-year-old screenwriter bagged the award for "Best Writing in a Dramatic Series" at the 50th edition of the NAACP awards this year, for her NBC series This is Us. She also went on to sell the feature script for her comedy, Assisted Living, to Paramount Pictures in what was admittedly a greatly contested bid. We don't doubt the talented screenwriter will continue to work her magic in this upcoming film adaptation.

Speaking about her incredibly successful novel to OkayAfrica last year, Adeyemi said, "I knew there was a market for it. I didn't need to make up a bunch of names for cities because I could use real Nigerian cities." She went on to add that, "And what's the magic language that they'll speak? It's not going to be Latin. It's going to be Yoruba. So it made it very easy for me to do."

Adeyemi's sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is due to be published later on this year. Describing what fans can expect in the second book, she said, "I can't wait for people to meet the new characters, experience the new magic, and dive deeper into the enchanting world of Orïsha."

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.
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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.

From being a backing vocalist for some of Eswatini's household names like Bholoja, Siyinqaba and Nomalungelo Dladla, Velemseni has gone on to soar to greater heights.

The Eswatini guitarist and soul singer's debut album, We are People (2014), showcased soothing vocals and strong musicality. The project was received well, getting airplay in the country's major radio stations (EBIS1 and 2).

The 11-track project was produced by David F from France, Martin Berauer from Austria and Eswatini's Bholoja. It led to Velemseni embarking on a US mini-tour in 2014.

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Interview: 'Carpe Diem' Is Olamide's New Way of Life

Olamide communicates his current mood of living on his own terms, gives us his thoughts on #EndSARS, and tells us about fulfilling his singing desires while introducing the current sound brewing underground in Nigeria.

The death of Dagrin, who through hip-hop championed a course for the underground slums of western Nigeria, was a blow. While Nigeria inadvertently sought a progeny, an underground rapper silently picked up steam through bluetooth shares and word of mouth. By the end of 2010, Olamide broke into mainstream consciousness after releasing "Eni Duro," a street freestyle that caught the attention of ID Cabasa who then signed him to Coded Tunes where he released his debut album, Rapsodi in 2011.

In 2012, Olamide teamed up with a handful of relatively unknown producers, rappers for his sophomore album YBNL, which he also christened his own record label, marking his exit from Coded Tunes. YBNL has now become one of Nigeria's leading record labels having produced talents like Lil Kesh, Adekunle Gold, Fireboy DML, and more. It comes with no surprise that the recording artist born Olamide Adedeji, revered as the "voice of the street" has become one of Nigeria's most successful rappers ever. He's now known for his multilingual tracks which showcase his ability to rap and sing in English, Yoruba, Pidgin. His knack for lacing wordplay into his music stems from experiences of his formative years in Bariga, a rural part of Lagos.

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Watch Burna Boy & Chris Martin's Electric Performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2020

The Nigerian star performed "Monsters You Made" in front of a backdrop of #EndSARS protest footage as Coldplay's Chris Martin lent his voice virtually.