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This 23-Year-Old Nigerian Author's Afrofuturist Novel Has Been Picked Up By Fox Studios

Tomi Adeyemi's debut fantasy novel 'Children of Blood and Bone' will be adapted into a film trilogy by Fox 2000.

We've been celebrating African women all month at OkayAfrica, and today we get to add yet another to our list!


Tomi Adeyemi, is the Nigerian-American author behind the West African-set fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone and it's just been picked up by major film studio, Fox 2000. What's more impressive, is that the book hasn't even been published yet.

The company has acquired the 23-year-old writer's debut novel—which has been described as "Avatar: The Last Airbender, meets Black Lives Matter—with plans to adapt it into a full-length feature, Shadow and Act reports.

Children of Blood and Bone is the first installment in what will be a trilogy. Details on the book are scarce, but a pitch on BrendaDrake.com gave this synopsis: "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."

The book has undoubtedly captivated those who've read it so far, as it's being reported that Adeyemi received one of the most lucrative publishing deals ever for a Young Adult debut, with Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Her deal with Fox is also said to be in the seven figures, Deadline reports.

At just 23, Adeyimi is a literary whiz. She's a creative writing coach based in San Diego, California, and a graduate of Harvard University. She's also the recipient of a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. She offers expertise and free writing tips to aspiring authors via her website Tomiadeyemi.com.

As Dr. Nnedi Okorafor pointed out earlier this month, whitewashing is still a major issue in science-fiction. Works by black authors are imperative to helping combat this adverse trend. With Children of Blood and Bone, Adeyemi is building a fantasy world where blackness is at the forefront. We can't wait to experience it.

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First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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