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Fab.ng has amazing news for everyone! Netflix is bringing Nigerian literature to the screen by partnering with Nigerian filmmakers for adaptations of some compelling books.

One of these adaptations, eagerly anticipated is Femi Osofisan’s novel, “Pirates“, set to be transformed into a thrilling crime series. The story revolves around a respected newspaper columnist who becomes ensnared in a web of deceit and blackmail.

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This collaboration is part of a broader initiative with South African-based Nigerian filmmakers Akin Omotoso and Andrew Dosunmu. It’s not just “Pirates” in the spotlight; several other Nigerian literary works are also poised for adaptation under this Netflix deal.

Helon Habila’s 2002 political novel, “Waiting for an Angel“, is one of them. This gripping story follows Lomba, a journalist imprisoned by General Sani Abach’s military regime for allegedly spreading falsehoods that threaten the government. Newton Aduaka is tasked with adapting it into a four-part television series.

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However, another exciting project is the adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s memoir, “Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years: A Memoir: 1945 – 1965“, into a drama series by Titilope Sonuga. Additionally, Teju Cole’s novella, “Everyday is for the Thief” will be transformed into a four-part drama series by Joseph Adesunloye. It delves into the protagonist’s journey back to Nigeria from New York, where he initially opposes corruption but ultimately gets entangled in it.

This news follows Netflix’s recent announcement of seven new Nigerian films and series, building anticipation among fans of Nigerian literature and film enthusiasts alike. The stage of production for these adaptations is something to look forward to, as the streaming giant brings these captivating stories to life on screen.

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Korede Bello Celebrates 29th Birthday With New Songs

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It’s 2024, and Nigerian singer Korede Bello is turning a year older today! This isn’t just any birthday, though, as it falls on a leap year, making it extra special. Bello is so excited about this milestone that he declared he’d be celebrating all year long!

To mark the occasion, he took to Instagram and posted a series of photos from a birthday photoshoot, calling it “Koreday.” He donned two stylish outfits, one white and the other mustard, expressing his gratitude in the caption.

 

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It’s Koredayyy. Happy Birthday to me 🤍You guys have almost finished me with love today. A ton of DMs, posts, and calls. I can’t respond to all of you but I sincerely appreciate you. Thank you for celebrating M3GA.”

The birthday celebration doesn’t stop there! Korede Bello took to Instagram again to announce a party happening today, March 1st, 2024, at Ballr Lagos, inviting his followers in Lagos to join him for the festivities.

In addition to the party, Bello also announced the release of two new singles as birthday gifts to his fans. These songs, titled “Happy Birthday To Me” and “Minding My Business,” are the first tracks released from his highly anticipated “Koreday” album.

 

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Fans flooded Korede Bello’s comment section with birthday wishes and prayers to celebrate his special day. Don Jazzy joined in on the well wishes saying, “Happy birthday Omo Lope. May GOD continue to win in your life. More blessings,” and actress Adesua Etomi said, “Happy birthday Koredeeee.”

In another Instagram post, Korede Bello was dancing with joy, his flowing outfit adding to the celebratory atmosphere of his birthday.

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Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Look Adorable In PDA Display

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were seen together in Los Angeles, displaying affection for each other. This comes shortly after returning from a quick trip to Japan with her children.

Pictures captured by photographers show the couple holding hands and sharing a passionate kiss during a lunch date in the Venice Beach area on Sunday. Ms. Lopez was dressed casually. She wore a beige long-sleeved top, a cream-coloured puffer vest, and loose-fitting jeans.

To stay warm, she bundled up in a light brown scarf. She then finished her casual yet stylish outfit with tinted shades, platform Uggs, silver hoop earrings, and a dark brown handbag slung over her shoulder.

Mr. Affleck, 51, opted for a relaxed look, sporting a black button-down shirt paired with a navy blue jacket and jeans. Completing his casual attire, the Academy Award-winning actor from “Good Will Hunting” added Nike sneakers and Aviator sunglasses. As they waited for their car, Ms. Lopez leaned against a wall, her arms affectionately wrapped around her beau.

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With eyes full of admiration, he looked deeply into her eyes before gently leaning in to share a kiss. This tender moment came just a few days after the dedicated mother of twins, Max and Emme, whisked them away on a delightful adventure to Tokyo to celebrate their sweet sixteenth birthdays.

The 54-year-old Jennifer Lopez, her highlighted hair sleeked back in a ponytail, stood beside her partner. She was beaming with a radiant smile as they entered their black BMW and drove off.

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The “Maid in Manhattan” actress, who co-parents her children with her former husband, Marc Anthony, with whom she was married from 2004 to 2014, offered her fans a glimpse into the heartwarming getaway through a charming video montage on Instagram.

She captioned the post, “16 🥥🥥 Birthday trip 2024 🤍🤍,” “Happy Birthday to my coconuts I love you.”

Jennifer Lopez also shares parenting duties for Ben Affleck’s children, Violet (18), Seraphina ( 15), and Samuel (11). Affleck shares these children with his former wife, Jennifer Garner.

This adds to what has already been a busy year for Lopez, who recently released her successful ninth studio album, “This Is Me… Now,” earlier this month.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first crossed paths on the set of the movie “Gigli” in 2001. Just one year later, he presented her with a stunning 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring from Harry Winston. While they originally planned to walk down the aisle in 2003, they ultimately chose to postpone their wedding celebration. Their paths diverged as they both went on to marry other people.

However, after nearly two decades, love found its way back to them. They rekindled their romance and officially said “I do” in 2022.

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Bella Shmurda Opens Up On Being A Father Again In New Documentary

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Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda recently participated in a documentary by WeTalk Sound. In the documentary, Shmurda spoke candidly about how fatherhood has significantly impacted his life and music career.

He revealed that the birth of his son has motivated him to become a better person and pursue personal growth. Additionally, Shmurda shared his aspirations to build a lasting legacy—one that would make his child proud to have him as a father.

“I think fatherhood inspired me. What’s in my head is ‘Wetin’ this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos, I want him to see the new Bella who is still doing things. I don’t want him to hear ‘history’ like his daddy used to sing. I want to be the type of father that when he turns on the TV, he’d see and then say ‘That’s my daddy’, that’s what I want to be to my child. He’s an inspiration to me,” he said.

In July 2023, Bella Shmurda shared the joyful news of his son’s arrival on his official social media platform. The post, which included a heartfelt message and a photo of his newborn baby, was met with an outpouring of love and congratulations from fans, followers, and fellow celebrities.

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However, the announcement also revealed a painful experience Shmurda had endured in 2022. He shared that he had suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child, expressing the emotional toll it had taken on him.

He wrote,

“A few days to the drop of my album last year, I was an emotional and mental wreck. I’d just gotten to the UK where I was scheduled to do some promotional activities when I heard the news that I’d lost the child I was expecting at birth. I got the news that my little boy is here. I’m happy and blessed. What’s lost can never be replaced, but I have another chance, a new lease on life. A new purpose. I’m a new Daddy; DO NOT DISTURB.”

In November 2023, Bella Shmurda was eager to share more about his growing family. He took to his social media platform to post new pictures of his son. Two of the heartwarming photos showcased the adorable child, giving fans a glimpse into Shmurda’s life as a father.

This update followed the initial announcement of his son’s birth in July, which was accompanied by a heartfelt message and well-wishes from many.

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