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3 Nigerian Books Successfully Adapted Into Films Available On Netflix

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Have you ever wondered how classic Nigerian books come to life on the big screen? Movie adaptations take hidden gems from novels and plays and turn them into exciting films everyone can enjoy.

In Nigeria, talented writers like Kola Akinlade (Owo Eje), Akinwunmi Ishola (Saworoide), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun), and Ibiere Addey (Crystals in the Mud) have seen their works transformed into captivating movies.

Want to experience this magic yourself? Here are three amazing Nigerian novels and plays that have been adapted into films and are currently streaming on Netflix:

Swallow,” written by Nigerian-American author Sefi Atta in 2012, is a gripping story about a young woman named Tolani. Set in the bustling city of Lagos and known for its challenges and opportunities, Tolani navigates life as a middle-class woman grappling with survival in a corrupt environment. Desperate to make ends meet, she gets entangled in the dangerous world of drug smuggling.

Fast forward to 2021, and award-winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan brought this tale to life on Netflix. The film boasts a talented cast featuring Niyola, Deyemi Okanlawon, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, and Ijeoma Grace Agu, each bringing their own depth and energy to the characters.

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Author Yewande Zaccheus poured her personal journey with infertility into a powerful four-part novel. This story then blossomed onto the screen in 2021 as the movie “The Wait,” directed by the talented duo Fiyin Gambo and Yemi Morafa.

The film follows two couples desperately longing for a baby and a dedicated doctor who strives to help them achieve their dream. It’s an emotional journey exploring themes of faith, family, and perseverance.

Get ready to be touched by the performances of Nse Ikpe-Etim, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Kate Henshaw, Joke Silva, Chimezie Imo, Jimmy Odukoya, and Meg Otanwa, who bring these characters to life with depth.

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Since January 2023, you can catch “The Wait” on Netflix and lose yourself in this beautiful story that resonates with many hearts.

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Playwright Wole Soyinka crafted a powerful story based on a real event from history. In “Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman,” we meet Elesin, a loyal horseman tasked with a sacred duty following the King’s death. Tradition calls for him to perform ritual suicide, joining his ruler in the afterlife. However, things take a dramatic turn when British colonial authorities intervene, preventing Elesin from fulfilling his sacred vow.

Fast forward to 2020, and this captivating tale was brought to life on screen as a movie collaboration between EbonyLife and Netflix. The film, titled “Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman,” was directed by the late, talented Biyi Bandele.

Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada, Jide Kosoko, Kevin Ushi, and Brymo each bring their unique talent to the characters, making this film a must-watch.

The movie has themes of tradition, cultural clash, and the complexities of duty in this thought-provoking film adaptation. “Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman” is sure to leave you pondering long after the credits roll.

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I’m sure you would like to catch up with these movies, especially because it’s the weekend! Grab some popcorn, settle in, and get ready to be transported to new worlds and thrilling stories thanks to these fantastic Nigerian film adaptations!

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A Recap Of “Aníkúlápó” Ahead Of The New TV Series Sequel In March

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The highly anticipated sequel to the 2022 Netflix film “Aníkúlápó,” titled “Aníkúlápó: Rise of the Spectre,” is now a six-part series. Picking up where the movie left off, the story follows Saro (Kunle Remi) in a relentless pursuit of his desires.

At the centre of the drama lies Saro’s forbidden love affair with Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye), the wife of the powerful Alaafin of Oyo (Taiwo Hassan). Their secret romance is exposed, forcing them to flee. However, Saro’s attempt to escape takes a drastic turn when he’s captured and nearly beaten to death.

In a surprising turn of events, Arolake intervenes, saving Saro’s life by confronting Akala, the mythical bird responsible for transporting souls to the afterlife. She steals Akala’s powerful gourd, granting Saro the ability to raise the dead.

This newfound power brings immense wealth to Saro, but it also unleashes his greed. Unfortunately, his insatiable desire ultimately leads him to a tragic downfall.

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The film ends with Akala, the mythical bird, furious about his missing gourd. Although Saro lies dead, Arolake has emptied the gourd, which still poses a risk to Akala’s power. Worse yet, Saro had already used the gourd to bring people back from the dead, dangerously disrupting the delicate balance between life and death.

As Saro’s greed and desire for more escalate, Queen Arolake reaches her breaking point. When Saro refuses to use the gourd unless given the king’s daughter in marriage, Arolake takes a decisive stance.

Knowing his dependence on the gourd, she cleverly empties it, rendering him powerless and trapped in the palace. Arolake, with her experience in escaping, gathers her belongings and flees the village. She leaves Saro with his newfound wives and the angered king.

Meanwhile, Alaafin Ademuyiwa, Arolake’s first husband, continues his relentless pursuit of her and Saro, seeking vengeance for their betrayal.

The film reaches a tragic conclusion with Saro’s demise. Blinded by greed, he demands the hand of a princess in exchange for resurrecting her brother, the prince. However, his empty promises and reliance on the stolen gourd backfired.

Unable to fulfil his side of the bargain, Saro faces the king’s wrath. The enraged villagers brutally attacked him and left him for dead outside the village.

In the final act, Akala, the mythical bird, retrieves his stolen gourd and carries Saro’s lifeless body to the afterlife, forever bound by the consequences of his actions.

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“Ebuka Turns Up Africa” Debuts On Prime Video In March

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Get ready to be thrilled with Ebuka’s exciting adventure across Africa! The travel-reality seriesEbuka Turns Up Africa,” a Prime Video original, premieres on March 1, 2024.

Hosted by the renowned Nigerian TV personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey as he explores Africa with his celebrity friends: actors Timini Egbuson, Zubby Michael, Jimmie Akinsola, Onoja Adole, and Alistair Englebert Preston.

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This group of friends embarks on a luxurious VIP adventure across the continent, creating a captivating series that delves deeper than just the tourist experience. It not only showcases the diverse beauty of Africa but also reveals the personalities of these celebrities beyond their public personas.

While exploring the continent, the friends experience moments of joy, ignited by their shared spirit of adventure. However, the journey isn’t always smooth sailing, as the press release hints at personality clashes and occasional disagreements. Ultimately, the series aims to capture the magic of friendship and the unifying power of shared experiences.

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Produced by Rapid Blue Productions Nigeria and executive produced by Ziyanda Ngcaba and Erika Klopper, “Ebuka Turns Up Africa” promises to be an entertaining and insightful watch.

Mark your calendars for the premiere on March 1st, with the first two episodes dropping, followed by episodes three and four on March 8th.

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Grammy Winning Tyla Hits A Fashion Milestone

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When South Africa’s rising pop star, Tyla, chooses her clothes, there are two essential qualities she looks for: the ability to allow her to dance freely and the ability to move comfortably.

While describing her personal style, the young and talented artist who brought us the hit song “Water” emphasized the importance of feeling comfortable. However, her definition of comfort does not extend to casual attire like sweatpants and jerseys, particularly when she is in the public eye.

Additionally, the rise of her online presence on TikTok, which now boasts over 7.2 million followers, has seen “comfortable” translate to performing her own dance routines in unique outfits like macramé tube tops and very short miniskirts.

Just weeks ago, “comfortable” meant a glamorous, seafoam green Versace gown shimmering with fishnet overlays—a dazzling costume fit for a modern Venus. Tyla wore this as she proudly accepted the first-ever Grammy for Best African Music Performance for her chart-topping R&B hit, “Water.” Today, “comfortable” has a whole new meaning: a stylish linen set as she dances effortlessly in Gap’s Spring 2024 campaign, marking her debut with a major global fashion brand.

The video showcases Tyla and a group of dancers performing Shay Latukolan’s energetic choreography to “Back On 74,” a catchy, genre-blending song by the British group Jungle, which has amassed over one billion views on TikTok.

Each dancer is adorned in comfortable and flowing pieces from Gap’s spring collection, crafted from breathable linen fabric. Tyla’s outfit features a stylish cropped top and relaxed-fit cargo pants, accented by a swaying chain-link belt. The video not only highlights the comfortable nature of the clothing but also demonstrates how it can convey confidence and a touch of elegance, making it perfect for both movement and style.

“I love marrying my music and the way I look, I feel like it goes hand in hand,” Tyla explains. “I see that also sonically with my album that’s coming out, and with the Gap campaign.”

As Tyla embarks on her first major tour and showcases her characteristic drive and ambition, the artist is infusing her on-stage style with even more personal expression.

A passionate supporter of South African designers, such as the talented LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize winner Thebe Magugu, she proudly weaves elements of her heritage into her fashion choices.

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