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John Boyega's “Imperial Dreams,” Now Streaming On Netflix

John Boyega's highly-acclaimed "Imperial Dreams" is available for streaming on Netflix starting today, Feb. 3.

We now have another movie to add to our weekend Netflix binge thanks to John Boyegaand it isn't another Star Wars prequel either! The British-Nigerian actor's film Imperial Dreams is now available for viewing on the streaming service.


He gives, what looks like, his heaviest performance to date in the Malik Vitthal-directed drama, which premiered back in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the "Best of Next" award.

In the film, Boyega plays a 21-year-old father and aspiring writer who, after being released from prison, is determined to make a better life for him and his son by escaping the crime and violence in his L.A. neighborhood. It's a versatile role for the actor that sees him wielding a measured American accent throughout the film.

Boyega, who sprung to fame after starring in  last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is going to have a busy year, as he's set to star in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming, unnamed drama on the Detroit race riots as well as in The Circle alongside Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

We're just glad that we'll get to see more of him.

Watch the trailer for Imperial Dreams below and catch the film streaming on Netflix starting today—great news for us homebodies with no real weekend plans. Happy Friday to us!

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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