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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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Stonebwoy & Jahmiel Are Here to Save the Day in the New Video For 'Motion'

The latest visuals from Anloga Junction make the singers look more badass than we thought possible.

Ghanaian star Stonebwoy is back in the new year with a music video even cooler than his last.

The visuals for "Motion," another standout track from his latest album Anloga Junction featuring Jamaican superstar Jahmiel, came out this week, and the action packed video definitely matches the energies of the Afro-Caribbean duo.

The two star as bulletproof-vest clad spies, while a multi-talented army of women helps them rescue victims from an armed basement.

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The 20 Essential Olamide Songs

We dive into the Nigerian star's discography to bring you the 20 Essential Olamide Songs.

Let's get something clear: no Afropop act outdid Olamide in the 2010s, and even fewer can claim to match the sheer weight of his cultural influence. By all metrics, the 31-year-old musician reigned supreme over the sonic zeitgeist of the last decade, musically encapsulating, more than anyone, Nigerian music's trudge from fascination with Western-tinged music to the mass appeal of afrobeats.

Rising from Bariga, Baddo first punctured mainstream consciousness with his belligerent bars that positioned him as an upstart with a point to prove before going on to hold the gaze of a generation with anthemic offerings that distilled conceptual narratives on hedonism, life in Lagos, and forces that moved culture into multiple hits singles.

All this was done while maintaining a level of output that is unprecedented in Nigerian pop. From 2011 to 2017, Olamide put out at least one project every year while guesting on an uncountable number of songs that lasered his identity on contemporary Nigerian popular culture and ensured his music was always on rotation.

Carpe Diem, his 2020 album, marked the next step in the evolutionary arc of Olamide's career, easing him into elder statesman territory musically – and providing further proof of what a gifted musician Olamide is.

In honor of Olamide's career, we delved into his discography to bring you The 20 Essential Olamide Songs.

This list is in no particular order.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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Bobi Wine and His Wife Released from House Arrest

Ugandan politician Bobi Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi have been released from a near two-week military house arrest following a recent ruling from a Ugandan court.