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In Conversation: Chiwetel Ejiofor Speaks on the Inspiration Behind 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind'

OkayAfrica's own Abiola Oke sits down with the Nigerian-British actor for an in-depth chat on his directorial debut in this new video.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the inspiring film following the life of Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba's life, is now available to stream on Netflix. A Sundance 2019 favorite and the directorial debut of Nigerian-British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind depicts William's unconventional invention to save his family and village from famine.

We were able to have Ejiofor come by our offices and chat with OkayAfrica and Okayplayer's CEO, Abiola Oke, to learn more about what inspired him to develop William's remarkable story for the big screen, the importance to include Malawian language in the film, the want for more African storytelling in Hollywood and more.

Take a look below.


In Conversation: Chiwetel Ejiofor Talks "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" with Abiola Oke youtu.be

Credits

Director + Editor + Sound: Greg Poole

Cinematographer: Chris Lytwyn

Co-Producers: Antoinette Isama and Jasmine Michel

Colorist: Tarek Hefny

Production Assistant: Winnie Kassa

Intern: Caira Blackwell

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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