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Nigerian-British Actor Susan Wokoma Will Be a Series Regular in CBS Romcom Pilot, 'Super Simple Love Story'

The standout in "Chewing Gum" and "Crazyhead" has secured the bag across the pond and we're here for it.

American network television viewers will soon become familiar with Susan Wokoma. The Nigerian-British actor has been casted as a series regular in a new comedy pilot from CBS—Super Simple Love Story, Deadline reports.


The series chronicles how "an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family" over 10 years via interview and vignettes. Wokoma and The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng will star opposite Elizabeth Alderfer and David Walton, as well as Parker Young, Vanessa Marano and Laura Marano.

Abby, Wokoma's character, is Morgan's (Alderfer) friend and co-worker who's content to loathe her job as long as the checks keep coming in, while Morgan struggles with finding fulfillment in her job and relationship.

Since Wokoma has secured the bag across the pond, let's revisit a few of her breakout moments in Chewing Gum and Crazyhead in the clips below.

Cynthia's Funniest Moments! | Chewing Gum youtu.be


The Best of Crazyhead | The Funniest Bits Of Series 1 youtu.be

Super Simple Love Story, which was previously titled The Us Project and The Story of Us, was written and executive produced by Mike Royce with Pam Fryman as the show's director and produced by Nick Stoller, Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios.

Video: Mr Eazi On How He's Helping Young African Artists Grow

In 'Moments With: Mr Eazi,' the buzzing Nigerian star tells us about Banku music, being a serial entrepreneur, and how he's been pushing young African artists through his emPawa initiative.

Mr Eazi stopped by our offices in New York City during a packed round of promo around his new emPawa platform.

The Nigerian star sat down with OkayAfrica and spoke in-depth about his early days, how his friends all pooled money to help him get started, how his famous 'hat' look came about, the blend of Ghanaian & Nigerian sounds that make up Banku music and more recent things like collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Watch our Moments With video with Mr Eazi below.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Asa, Patoranking x Busiswa, $pacely, Vagabon, Shane Eagle and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Photo by Polly Irungu

Photos: A Night of ‘Cocoa and Color’ at Okay Space for Tony’s Chocolonely and Joshua Kissi’s ‘Reframed’ Exhibition

The exhibition, currently showing at Okay Space Gallery, advocates for fair practices in the West African chocolate industry.

What happened when cocoa hero Tony's Chocolonely and creative wonder kid Joshua Kissi rolled up to the Okay Space on the same night? Chocolate-y magic and sweet enlightenment. The two entities have been working together on a project called REFRAMED: Cocoa and Color aimed at shifting the perspective on the West African cocoa farmers who make Chocolonely's delectable bars.

The project kicked off its first US exhibition with us at the Okay Space Gallery in early October, where brightly colored chocolate bars of all sizes covered the tables as attendees had their pick of a variety of Tony Chocolonely's chocolate. Anywhere you looked, there was chocolate and smiles. The only time folks stopped munching on chocolate was to take a bite of the fantastic cuisine—jollof rice, fried plantains and beef skewers—from Gold Coast Catering and plantain ice cream from Kelewele NYC. The room was packed with a diverse and wonderful crowd, excited to interact with Kissi's work and curious about learning how the chocolate brand was focused on empowering Africans and African economies. DJ GFlamee created the perfect atmosphere with tunes that highlighted the region and made a Thursday feel more like a Friday.

The highlight of the night, however, was a live Q&A session between Joshua Kissi and Dena White, Tony Chocolonely's head of marketing for the US. Kissi created the concept and took photos of the people in Ghana and the Ivory Coast working to create the chocolate the world adores. Together, they discussed the methods and importance of Tony Chololonely's fight to end slave labor in the cocoa industry. It was illuminating to have the session with the faces of those being honored surrounding us, looking on, being included in something that has long been swept under the rug.

While the chocolate has all been gobbled up, Kissi's striking photos will stay on display at the gallery until October 31st.

Check out some of the action from the event below, with photos by Polly Irungu.

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