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Rest in Peace Wangari Maathai

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Kenya's Nobel Laureate, Wangari Maathai, a champion of environmental protection, women's rights, and political activism, among many other things, has passed away in Nairobi at the age of 71 while undergoing cancer treatment.

Maathai started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in 1977 to combat deforestation by planting trees. The BBC writes:

"Her unique insight was that the lives of Kenyans - and, by extension, of people in many other developing countries - would be made better if economic and social progress went hand in hand with environmental protection."

This was an amazing effort by a woman who was ostracized by her government, including president Daniel arap Moi - seen in the video above referring to her as "a certain woman." Nonetheless, she battled on and left a mark of bravery, and a genuine legacy of leadership. She will be missed.

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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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