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Production for 'Blood & Water,' Netflix's Second African Original Series, has Begun

The Nosipho Dumisa-directed series will star Ama Qamata and Khosi Ngema as the lead actresses.

After Netflix announced that a second African original series would follow soon after Queen Sono a few months ago, production of the Cape Town-based, mystery series Blood & Water, has officially begun.


Produced by Gambit films and directed by the award-winning South African director, Nosipho Dumisa, this youthful series will follow the story of a teenager who discovers shocking secrets about her family's past whilst trying to navigate life at a South African high school.

The youth-led cast includes the young and talented Ama Qamata, who's starred in the local drama series, Rhythm City and My Perfect Family. She is joined by Khosi Ngema who is set to make her acting debut in the series. Additionally, Thabang Molaba plays the role of the typical high school bad boy while Dillon Windvogel, from the Afrikaans telenovella Arendsvlei, assists Qamata's character in her bid to find out more details about her older sister who was kidnapped at birth. Veteran actor, Sello Maake, will also be a part of this diverse cast.

Describing the casting process, Dumisa said, "Blood & Water presented us with the opportunity to bring a mixture of fresh new faces alongside seasoned actors. After seeing hundreds of actors and newcomers from both Cape Town and Johannesburg, we're excited to be a part of opening up the industry.'"

Blood & Water is expected to launch on Netflix in 2020.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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