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Megalyn Echikunwoke Has Been Cast In an Upcoming Drama Series at Fox

The Nigerian-American actor known for her appearances in the films "Late Night" and "Night School" will play the role of a criminal defense lawyer in this untitled pilot.

Megalyn Echikunwoke is the Nigerian-American actor known for her recent roles in the 2019 Sundance Festival-acclaimed Late Night and Tiffany Haddish's comedy Night School.

Variety reports that she's set to appear in the pilot season of an untitled drama series over at Fox based on an Australian show entitled, Sisters.


The show appears to be a whirlwind of a plot. Here's the synopsis below:

Only child Julia Bechley (Brittany Snow) has her life turned upside down when it's revealed that her father, a pioneering Nobel Prize-winning fertility doctor, used his own sperm to conceive dozens of children over the course of his career. Reeling from this explosive revelation, Julia discovers two new sisters—her former best friend (Echikunwoke) and an ex-Olympic athlete. Against all odds, the women attempt to form an untraditional family and lean on each other as they grapple with their own identity crises.

Echikunwoke has been cast as Edie—a criminal defense attorney who works with her husband leading a seemingly successful life. In the show, we'll follow her character navigate her unhappiness with her marriage while longing for stability in her life.

The untitled Fox pilot will be written and executive produced by Annie Weisman, with Jason Katims, Imogen Banks (the creator of the original series), Jeni Mulein and Sharon Levy also onboard as executive producers.

Along with her roles in Late Night and Night School, Echikunwoke is known for her role in DC Comics' live-action and animated TV projects, playing Mari McCabe, or Vixen.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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