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Tribeca Film 'Nigerian Prince' Lands US Distribution Deal with Vertical Entertainment

The film "Nigerian Prince" takes a deeper look at 419 scammers and it will soon be available in the States as part of a new distribution deal.

Get your popcorn ready because the film Nigerian Prince is getting a limited theatre release this fall through a new deal with Vertical Entertainment, Deadline reports.

419 scammers have been a Nigerian trope for years, but an overly familiar narrative can become a more complicated story when it is told by the right director. Nigerian Prince is the debut feature film by Faraday Okoro about a Nigerian-American teenager who is forced to return to Nigeria by his parents and ends up joining email scammers to buy his ticket home. The coming of age thriller goes beyond the narrative of email scamming and explores the struggles and desires of first generation Nigerian-Americans.

This year the film gained attention after it won the AT&T Untold Stories prize that awarded Okoro $1 million dollars to produce the film. Okoro was also supported by influential figures like Spike Lee and Biyi Bandele who became executive producers for the film.


The film will now become available in the U.S. thanks to a new distribution deal with Vertical Entertainment that will give the film a limited theatrical release and a VOD rollout in the fall.

In a recent interview with OkayAfrica's Damola Durosomo, Okoro talked about how the film is loosely based on his life, growing to love film making, and the adventures of shooting the film in Lagos.

Speaking about why this story became his first feature film he said, "As a first feature, especially one that's close to me—since I wrote it and was partly inspired by my upbringing—I thought this story's not readily out there, especially for a Western audience. I thought I could do it. I could make the type of film that I knew I would wanna see set there. Especially from a younger perspective. Because I'm young, my take on filmmaking is probably different from an older person's who might film it."

Look out for the film this fall. In the meantime, read about Okoro's journey in his OkayAfrica interview here.

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'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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Listen to Tekno's New Single 'Kata'

The Nigerian artist and producer returns with a melodic banger just in time for the weekend.

Nigerian artist Tekno is back with his second single of the year, "Kata."

The heavyweight artist and producer delivers a melodic track that sees him singing about his devotion to his lover over drum-filled production from Phantom. The track features subdued vocals from. the artist, and a beat that's easy to move along to. The song follows the track 'Beh Beh' which he released earlier this year.

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