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Oscars Announce New Category For 2026 Awards

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The Casting Directors Branch of the Academy was established in July 2013 and has around 160 members. Janet Yang, the CEO and Academy president, shared in a press release that this inclusion aims to acknowledge the vital role of casting in filmmaking. She stated that,

“Casting directors play an essential role in filmmaking, and as the Academy evolves, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines that we recognize and celebrate.”

The details of who can be nominated and how voting works for the new casting award will be announced in April 2025. It’s also unclear if this category will be open to films outside of the United States, including those from the Nigerian film industry.

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However, Nigerian-British photographer Misan Harriman‘s short film “The After,” starring David Oyelowo, is already making waves as it’s been nominated in the Best Live-Action Short Film category at the 2024 Academy Awards.

You can catch it streaming on Netflix while it competes against “Invincible” (Canada), “Knight of Fortune” (Denmark), “Red, White, and Blue” (UK), and “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” (USA) for the prestigious award.

This nomination shines a light on the international talent at the Oscars, even as we await further details about the new casting category’s rules and potential inclusion of international films. So, check out “The After” to see if it lives up to its title and becomes a potential award winner.

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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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