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'RAFIKI' Will Make Its First U.S. Theatrical Release Very Soon

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's groundbreaking film premieres in April at BAM in Brooklyn.

RAFIKI is finally making its way the big screen stateside.

The Cannes-favorite, directed by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (who's also one of our fabulous OkayAfrica 100 Women honorees), is set to make its first U.S. theatrical run at BAM in Brooklyn—premiering Friday, April 19.

RAFIKI follows the journeys of Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), two fearlessly individualistic young women who, despite the fact that their fathers are rival political candidates, form a steadfast bond. When their friendship develops into romance, they must fight to protect their love in the face of societal prejudices determined to tear them apart. With a remarkable feeling for color, music, and the bustling street life of Nairobi, Kahiu crafts an empowering, sublimely moving love story.

Revisit the trailer below.


'Rafiki' - Official Trailer (Exclusive) youtu.be

The film recently got another nod at the 50th edition of FESPACO—Africa's oldest and largest pan-African film and TV festival. Mugatsia took home the award for 'Best Actress' for her noteworthy role in the film.

RAFIKI will be screening at BAM from Friday, April 19 through Thursday, April 25. Kahiu is due to make an appearance during the week-long run. For more information, visit BAM's website here.

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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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