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Kenyans Can Now Screen 'RAFIKI' for 7 Days, Making It Eligible for Oscars Bid

High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany says she was "not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film."

Wanuri Kahiu's RAFIKI is finally coming home.

The High Court has temporarily lifted the ban the Kenya Film Classification Board imposed to make way for an Oscars bid, Business Daily Africa reports. Kahiu recently sued the board and its head Ezekiel Mutua over the ban.


The film will be free to screen in theaters for seven days to "willing adults," allowing Kahiu and producers to fulfill the necessary requirements to submit it to the Academy as a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film, The Washington Post adds.

"I am crying," Kahiu tweets. "In a French airport. In SUCH Joy! Our constitution is STRONG! Give thanks to freedom on expression!!!! WE DID IT!"

Judge Wilfrida Okwany says in her ruling Friday that she was "not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film." She also cited Kenyan artists who've had to flee the country and seek asylum because their work "went against the grain of societal expectations."

The Film Board released a statement, saying it would comply with the court orders, Buzzfeed News' Tamerra Griffin reports, but adds that "it is a sad moment, not only to the film industry, but to all Kenyans who stand for morality, that a film that glorifies homosexuality is allowed to be the country's branding tool abroad."

As Mutua and his board continues to stew in the enemy of progress pot, RAFIKI is set to screen at Prestige Cinema at Prestige Plaza from September 23 to 29 at the following times:

Sunday | 10:00 am

Monday/Tuesday | 1:15 pm

Wednesday/Thursday | 3:15 pm

Friday/Saturday | 12:50 pm

ICYMI: Listen To the Female Musician-Led Soundtrack of Wanuri Kahiu's 'RAFIKI'

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We speak with the Nigerian author about the success of her debut novel, and breaking the boundaries of "African Lit."

"I have always been drawn to dark topics," says Oyinkan Braithwaite, the 30-year-old Nigerian author behind the critical darling of a novel My Sister, the Serial Killer.

Her declaration helps explain the subject and title of her debut novel, which tells the story of Ayoola, a young woman who has developed a not-so-healthy habit of murdering her boyfriends, leaving her older sister, the book's protagonist, Korede to clean up her mess. You may have noticed it's ubiquitous cover—which features a young black woman wearing a headwrap, casually looking on as a knife-wielding hands is reflected in her sunglasses—on your timeline or at your local store. The internationally-released, Nigerian-made novel sits confidently on retail shelves previously reserved for mass-market thrillers.

The dark and humorous, Lagos-set novel is extreme—but not just because of all the murdering that happens. It also examines the extreme nature of the many things that can push people to the edge. For the sisters, it's: intergenerational trauma, abuse, the prevalence of a culture that rewards beauty above all else, as well as having to battle with their own personal shortcomings—just to name a few.

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