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Superhero Feel-Good Film 'Supa Modo' Has Been Selected as Kenya's Oscar Contender

Likarion Wainaina's film beat Wanuri Kahiu's 'RAFIKI' in the competitive race for this year's Kenyan Oscar bid.

Supa Modo, a film that tells the story of a mother driven to surround her dying daughter with joy in her last days, has been selected by the Kenya Film Commission to represent Kenya in the foreign language category of the Oscars, Variety reports.

Directed by Likarion Wainaina, the film had its world premiere at the Berlinale's Generation Kplus program in February 2017 and has been screened at over 30 festivals since. The film also snagged a Children's Jury Special Mention in Berlin.


Starring veteran actors Maryanne Nungo and Nyawara Ndambia with newcomer Stycie Waweru, Variety describes Supa Modo as "the uplifting tale of a terminally ill girl whose village comes together to fulfill her dreams of becoming a superhero, convincing her she has special powers and casting her as the star of her very own movie."

Watch the trailer below.

"We wish to congratulate the stellar cast and crew, director and producers of Supa Modo for the great film that they presented for the Committee," the Kenya Film Commission says in a press release. "We wish you all the best in the next two steps to being a nominee of the Oscars and hopeful winners as well."

After the ban on Wanuri Kahiu's RAFIKI was lifted, the Commission made an exception to include her film for consideration; in lieu of the film's sold out screenings in Kenyan cinemas during its one-week run.

Both Kahiu and Wainaina exchanged words of gratitude and mutual support on Twitter once the news came out.


Supa Modo was produced by One Fine Day Films, Tom Tykwer's Kenyan Shingle and Kenya's Ginger Ink.

Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images.

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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Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.

Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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Photo courtesy of @sahraisha

#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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