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7 Nigerian-Led Hollywood TV Shows We’re Excited To See In 2019

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Every year is a great year for TV shows — there is a lot to be said for breaking stories down into episodes. 2018 was especially amazing, as we met and continued to know some incredible characters, with our favourite being the neurotic Chidi Anagonye from The Good Place.

Chidi Anagonye in ‘The Good Place’ (Photo: NBC)
In the same vein, there are plenty of questions to be asked about what’s in store for television in 2019, but the most important on our mind right now is: How actors of Nigerian descent will come away as breakout stars à la Yvonne Orji in Insecure and Uzo Aduba in Orange Is The New Black?
So, just like we did a few weeks ago with Nigerian-led Hollywood movies of 2019, we have decided to highlight some upcoming Hollywood TV shows that are led or co-led by actors of Nigerian descent. From David Oyelow in Les Misérables to Wunmi Mosaku in Luther, here are some exciting picks.

David Oyelowo in Les Misérables

One of the most versatile actors of his generation, David Oyelowo is set to appear on the small screen in this non-musical, six-episode adaptation of Les Misérables. Published in 1862, the book has become a cultural powerhouse thanks, in no small part, to its 1980s stage musical adaptation. 

In the upcoming show, Oyelowo plays the iconic Javert, the story’s primary antagonist. Written by the talented Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, House of Cards), the non-musical adaptation focuses on the many layers of Valjean and Javert’s iconic cat-and-mouse relationship.

(Photo: Les Miserables/Masterpiece)

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in The Fix

In 2019, Nigerian-American actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known for his in Suicide Squad and Lost, will star in The Fix, a legal drama about a prosecutor who leaves her life behind after losing the biggest case of her career, but returns when the murderer strikes again.
Adewale plays Sevvy Johnson, a charismatic Oscar-winning actor who was accused of murdering his wife and another woman. During the course of the trial, Sevvy always asserted his innocence. Eight years later, following the murder of his young girlfriend, he’s under suspicion again.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Scott Cohen in The Fix(Photo: ABC/The Fix)

Jovan Adepo in Central Park 5

Since his breakout performance in the Oscar-winning Fences, Jovan Adepo has been hot on our radar. Now, he’s set to star in the upcoming Netflix series, Central Park 5 — based on the true story of five teenagers of colour, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.
Adepo will play Anton McCray, one of the wrongfully convicted five. The show is directed by Ava Duvernay (Selma, 13th) and Jovan will be starring alongside Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), Michael K. Williams (12 Years A Slave) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel). 

(Photo: Sorry For Your Loss/Facebook Watch)

Carmen Ejogo in True Detective

Since her knockout performance in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-winning biopic, Selma, Carmen Ejogo has been getting more deserving roles. Now, she’s set to star alongside Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) in the third season of HBO’s Emmy-winning anthology series, True Detective.
Ejogo will play Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980; while Ali is set to play Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas investigating the disappearances.

(Photo: HBO/True Detective)

Wunmi Mosaku in Luther

BAFTA-winning actress, Wunmi Mosaku has been an underrated powerhouse for a while now. She has shown incredible range in a number of acclaimed TV shows, including like Black Mirror, Damilola, Our Beloved Boy, and The End of The F****** World.
In 2019, she goes majorly mainstream playing the co-lead, alongside Idris Elba, in the fifth season of the beloved drama, Luther. She plays Luther’s new partner, D.S. Catherine Halliday, and they team up to solve the brutal murders taking place around London.

(Photo: Luther/BBC)

Wunmi Mosaku in Lovecraft Country

Wunmi Mosaku will also be starring in HBO’s upcoming drama series, Lovecraft Country. The show follows 25-year-old Atticus Black, his friend, Letitia and his uncle, George as they embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find Atticus’ missing father. 
Wunmi will be playing the role of Rudy, Letitia’s half-sister, whose family ties are tested when she’s presented with an offer she can’t refuse. If this sounds intriguing, it’s because the series will be executive produced by Misha Green (Underground), J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Mosaku in Damilola Our Beloved Boy (Photo: BBC One)

Lolly Adefope in Shrill

Ololade “Lolly” Adefope is a British-Nigerian stand-up comedian and actress. So far, Lolly has appeared on a bunch of lowkey shows and movies. 2018, however, marked a huge change for Lolly, as she landed significant roles in not one, but two American TV shows.
In 2019, Lolly will be starring alongside Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant in Shrill, a TV adaptation of Lindy West’s book of the same name. The show follows Annie (Bryant), a struggling would-be journalist. Lolly plays Fran, Annie’s best friend and roommate.
She also scored a role in Miracle Workers, a workplace sitcom set in Heaven, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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