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Netflix has Acquired the Rights to Nigerian Director and Producer Kunle Afolayan's Film 'Mokalik'

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Simi, makes her debut appearance in this critically-acclaimed film.

Netflix clearly wasn't playing when they announced that they'd be investing considerably more into African content. From South Africa's first original series Queen Sono with actress Pearl Thusi and the recent Nosipho Dumisa-directed Blood & Water to Malawi's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, they're really coming through with quality African productions. Most recently, Netflix has acquired the rights to Mokalik, the critically-acclaimed film by Nigerian director and producer, Kunle Afolayan.


Mokalik tells the story of a young middle-class boy whose parents send him to a mechanic's workshop to work as an apprentice because of his poor grades at school. He spends some time there and experiences what life is like away from the comforts of the suburbs. Towards the end of the film, the boy has to decide whether he wants to return to school or actually become an apprentice full time.

Watch the trailer for Mokalik below:

Mokalik Official Trailer (Extended Version) - a KUNLE AFOLAYAN film www.youtube.com

Afolayan spoke about the inspiration behind his film saying, "Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years opened my eyes to a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto-car repairs industry."

Netflix has not yet announced the dates when it will launch Mokalik.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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