Video: Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman for film adaptation

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===Death and the King’s Horseman, a play written by renowned playwright and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, will soon be adapted into a film.

The move was announced by the CEO of EbonyLife Television, Mo Abudu on her Instagram page; the story follows the horseman of a Yoruba King who was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities.

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‘The Passport of Malliam Ilia’, the classic novel of late Nigerian literary legend, Cyprian Ekwensi, will soon be made into an animated feature film by Magic Carpet Studios.

======Aliko Dangote, Forbes richest man in Africa and Nigerian rapper MI Abaga have endorsed a book that traced the history of Nigerian football to Calabar in Cross River State.

The book, ‘A Study of Heroes and Epics: the History of Football in Nigeria (1904-1960)’, released in June, was written by Wiebe Boer, a researcher and energy investment expert who recorded the first football match, played on June 15, 1904 in Calabar.

=====The video of a five-year-old boy from Ibadan has made rounds on social media, getting the attention of many top Nigerian celebrities like never before.

The little boy, Taju was recorded in an interview and his responses made everyone fall in love with him.

Taju who made it clear that he had never been to school, had music mogul Don Jazzy donating N500,000 to the cause, Ayo Makun has promised to put him in school, while Falz the Bahd Guy, Mo Abudu and Ali Baba have also indicated interest in changing the young boy’s life.

=====Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, a prize in honour of late Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter.

The prize is awarded to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, who casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world, and shows a “fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.”

The judges of the prize described Adichie’s understanding of gender, race and global inequality as “sophisticated beyond measure.” The award will be presented on October 9.

======Nigerians are still mourning the demise of the great reggae star, Ras Kimono, who slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States.

According to sources close to him, Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died.


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