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Rick Famuyiwa Has Been Tapped to Helm the Film Adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi's Novel 'Children of Blood and Bone'

The Nigerian-American director, known for his films "Dope" and "Brown Sugar," is set to lead Adeyemi's groundbreaking debut to the big screen.

Tomi Adeyemi shook the literary world 2 years ago when her debut YA novel, Children of Blood and Bone, was picked up by Fox 2000 before it was even published.

As the Nigerian-American author has basked in her book's success since then, the film studio announced that Rick Famuyiwa, director of Dope, Brown Sugar, and The Wood, will helm the film adaptation of the novel.


Famuyiwa is set to also produce under the newly launched company Verse with Scott Falconer, Hollywood Reporter adds. Temple Hill, the production company with film credits including the Maze Runner series, are producing along with Sunswept Entertainment.

Here's the synopsis of the novel below:

With magic, Zélie's family could stand against the royal guard. Her people wouldn't live in fear. Her mom wouldn't have hanged from that tree. Years after the king wiped magic out of Orïsha, Zélie has one chance to bring it back. To do so, she'll have to outwit/outrun the crown prince, who's hell-bent on erasing magic for good.

In our conversation with Adeyemi last year about Children of Blood and Bone, creating a universe parallel to her Nigerian heritage was imperative for her.

"I knew there was a market for it," she tells us. "I didn't need to make up a bunch of names for cities because I could use real Nigerian cities. And what's the magic language that they'll speak? It's not going to be Latin. It's going to be Yoruba. So it made it very easy for me to do."

Her sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is due to be published June 4, 2019. Read more about the anticipated addition here.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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