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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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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

Photo: Nabil Elderkin.

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Every Friday, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column, Songs You Need to Hear. Here's our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music. If you missed them, check out our music lists for the Best of 2022 here.

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In his Imaginative Debut Feature, Walé Oyéjidé Brings Together Elements of His Life’s Work

The Nigerian American director has long used the tools of his multi-hyphenate trade to expand the ways Africans are seen. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, 'Bravo, Burkina!' gives him a larger canvas on which to paint.

Whether it’s employing asylum seekers to model his designs or adding his flair to a piece of pivotal clothing that the late Chadwick Boseman wore in Black Panther, Walé Oyéjidé has always been about using whatever elements he can to push the ways Africans have traditionally been portrayed. What he hinted at in his short film After Migration: Calabria (available on the Criterion Channel), which tells the story of two refugees settling in Italy, he now gets to explore further in the feature debut, Bravo, Burkina!

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