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The Stories You Need to Know: Nigerian App Developer Wins Top Engineering Prize, Nollywood's Crop of Female Directors and More

Nigerian app developer wins prestigious engineering award, Steve McQueen's star-studded thriller gets a release date and more.

NIGERIA—Tuteria, a Nigerian tutoring app created by 27-year-old Godwin Benson, has won the UK's Royal Academy's award for innovation in engineering. Benson earned a $32,000 cash prize for his app which links students with qualified tutors in their area. He beat out 16 other participants to claim the prize.


"We're proud to have him as our third Africa Prize winner, and we trust Tuteria will go on to change the lives of millions of people who are eager to learn and develop new skills," said Malcolm Brinded, one of the competition's judges.

Read more on this via BBC Africa.

NIGERIA—Female directors are leaving a much-needed imprint on the Nollywood scene. Isoken, the latest film directed by the industry's growing crop of female talent, is premiering in London this week. It's directed by Jadesola Osiberu and stars Dakore Akande who plays a 34-year-old woman whose family is uncomfortable with the fact that she is unmarried. When she does bring someone home, they are even more shocked to find out that he is white.

SOUTH AFRICA—One of South Africa's top investigators, Brigadier Piet, has died from lung cancer. He was 67.

The celebrated police officer responsible for the arrest of some of the country's most infamous serial killers. He served on the force for 38 years before retiring in 2010.

ZIMBABWE—President Mugabe's daughter has been appointed head of Zimbabwe's  censorship board, in what actor Silvanos Mudzvova, has described as "the final nail in the coffin for artistic freedom in the southern African state," New Zimbabwe reports. Her appointment has been highly contested by Zimbabweans.

Read the full story here.

DIASPORA—An official  release date for Widows—Steve McQueen's forthcoming thriller starring Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya and more—has been set. The highly anticipated film will hit theaters on November 16, 2018, Shadow and Act reports.

 

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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