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Why Chiwetel Ejiofor Refused To Shoot His Directorial Debut Anywhere Besides Malawi

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Just last week, it was announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind will be screened at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, a few days after it premieres at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
These screenings at two of the biggest film festivals on the planet show how high the anticipation for the movie, which has been adapted from a best-selling book, is — anticipation that is owed especially to Ejiofor’s pursuit of authenticity.

(Photo: Ilze Kitshoff/The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind)
The first-time director was initially encouraged to shoot the film in Kenya or South Africa, the tried-and-tested locations for African movies. However, Ejiofor couldn’t imagine the film being shot anywhere else but the country in which William Kamkwamba’s story is set: MalawiThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (based on the semi-autographical book of the same name) tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi who invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Maxwell Simba.
When it was first announced that he would be taking on the role of writer, director and co-star, Ejiofor made it very clear that his love for the story stemmed from its nuanced representation of Malawi, as stories from the region are often tainted with poverty and lack.
He expressed his excitement about the film, saying:
William’s story represents what has to be the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty, and with potential which simply needs access to opportunity in order to be fully unleashed.”
Ejiofor first travelled to Malawi in 2011, where he met William Kamkwamba, the writer and protagonist of the semi-autobiographical book. It was upon his return to the UK, after this trip, that Ejiofor began conceptualising the film. 

(Photo: Ilze Kitshoff/The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind)
Although Malawi is lacking in the quality of infrastructure that the elite filmmakers behind this adaptation were used to, Ejiofor insisted on shooting right next door to the house in which Kamkwama grew up. Andrea Calderwood, the film’s producer, aligned with Ejiofor’s imagination, saying:
That gave it all an incredible authenticity and atmosphere and texture, which you can’t buy.”
The film was shot in just six weeks, wrapping up, rather fortunately, just as Malawi’s rainy season begun. Speaking with Variety, Calderwood credited the impressive cast and crew for this efficiency, as she explained: 
“Everyone that signed on to the film felt very committed to it, and felt that we were making something that had significance beyond your average film”
Ejiofor, on the other hand, was also grateful and appreciative of the people of Malawi as they offered their friendship and support:
“As soon as we got there and established that we were going to make this film there, you just felt the wind at your back.”
Netflix has already picked this much-anticipated drama up for global distribution, so we absolutely cannot wait until it lands on the streaming site, ready for our viewing pleasure.

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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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