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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."

Burna Boy. Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage (via Getty Images).

The 20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019

Featuring Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Zlatan, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Teni, Davido, Lady Donli and many more.

2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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OkayAfrica Presents: 'The Adinkra Oracle' December Reading with Simone Bresi-Ando

We're back with another Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help guide you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

It's the a new month and that means we're ready for a new Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help you navigate your December.

After cleansing the space, Simone will pull five Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards from a deck of 44 Adinkra symbols—these cards help to channel information, messages and direction from your ancestors using Adinkra symbols when read correctly. Remember, as Simone says, "these readings tell you what you need to know and not necessarily what you want to know—our ancestors are emotionally pure."

Simone gives a general reading of what December has in store to help you know what actions and thoughts are necessary to get the best out of the month. This is a special installment as it also guides you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

Watch below.

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These Are The 10 Hottest South African MCs of 2019 According to MTV Base

Nasty C tops the list of MTV Base's Hottest MCs list for 2019.

After a discussion that spanned over two episodes that aired yesterday and today, MTV Base has finally released the full list of their annual hottest MCs. Nasty C, who many felt deserved the number one spot last year, is leading this year.

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