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Nigerian Filmmaker Faraday Okoro Tackles Police Brutality In his Second Feature, 'Prelude to a Crime'

Okoro takes on another controversial, yet relatable storyline after his debut Tribeca favorite, "Nigerian Prince."

Nigerian filmmaker Faraday Okoro is set to direct his sophomore feature film in collaboration with Andrew Lauren Productions (ALP).

According to a statement from the company, Okoro will helm Prelude to a Crime—a legal drama set within a jury deliberation as they wrestle with the confounding facts and implications of the explosive case in front of them: a police officer on trial for the shooting of an unarmed black man. Perspectives shift, personalities clash, and tensions boil over in this fictional exploration of a tragic phenomenon that has become all too relatable and unfortunately too common in the States in recent years.


ALP developed the script from an original idea with Dillon Michael White—an up-and-coming screenwriter. The film will be produced by Andrew Lauren and D.J. Gugenheim. Oliver Monday will executive produce for ALP.

"Cases like these have sadly become increasingly common and really entered the national consciousness, unfortunately with outcomes that often only reinforce the tragedy," Gugenheim says. "We are proud to be partnering with Faraday, who has a distinct vision to bring audiences behind the curtain and into the minds of the everyday citizens making these decisions."

Prelude to a Crime follows Okoro's 2018 feature debut Nigerian Prince, which was executive produced by Spike Lee under 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Okoro was also included in Moviemaker Magazine's '25 To Watch' and was the inaugural winner of Tribeca Film Institute and AT&T's 'Untold Stories' competition.

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"I'm excited to team with Andrew Lauren Productions on this film," Okoro says in the statement. "Like myself, they're passionate about telling relevant, thought-provoking stories. I've always wondered what happens behind-the-scenes in court cases like these, and exploring the problems facing our criminal justice system is more important than ever."

Revisit our 2018 touch-base with Okoro, where he talks about the importance of storytelling from a first-generation perspective, here.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

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