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Web Series ‘I Of Africa’ Glorifies the African in You

Nigerian-American renaissance woman Aina Fadina brings Africa to your computer screen through this compelling web series.

If you haven’t cued up web series I Of Africa created, executive-produced and hosted by Lagos-born renaissance woman Aina Fadina yet, you’re most definitely missing out.


Fadina created I Of Africa in 2013—having grown up in a household where her father and grandfather told folklore stories and noticing the dearth of authentic storytelling by Africans, for Africans.

The web series is now in its third season, which premiered July 7 on its Youtube channel . An episode was also made available on South African Airways flights in June.

In season three, Fadina—also a world traveler—has intimate conversations with African tastemakers like Blitz The Ambassador (who kicks off the first episode), Laolu Senbanjo, Mimi Plange, Seun Kuti, Marcus Samuelsson, and the creative team behind Broadway hit Eclipsed.

Through their confab filmed in international cities such as Lagos, NYC, Cape Town, Paris, and London, the Nigerian-American entrepreneur and high fashion model (she’s worked with Oscar De La Renta and Alexander McQueen) presents compelling and nuanced narratives, highlighting the rugged individualism and ingenuity of African doers transforming business, music, film, art and culinary worlds.

“I think it’s necessary to celebrate our diversity, our textures, our skin tones, our hair, our languages, our dialects,” Fadina says in the video above. “Everyone has a story to tell, and I think everyone deserves to tell their story.”

And that’s precisely what Fadina has successfully executed for a global audience in the first two seasons of I Of Africa, which encompasses a collection of 13 episodes with its pilot focusing on Okayafrica family DJ Moma.

Be sure to catch up on all three seasons here, and watch Fadina tell the epic story of her great, great, great grandfather, Reverend Franklin, once a slave in the West Indies and Brazil who was able to trace the origin of his Yoruba tribal markings back to his hometown Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria, at the top.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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