Television host and comedian, Trevor Noah is developing a film about Tanitoluwa ‘Tani’ Adewumi, the eight-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adewumi’s story broke the internet in March when he was profiled by the New York Times, going from homelessness to internationally known chess champion.
Noah, who hosted the award-winning The Daily Show would produce the film under his Day Zero Productions imprint alongside business partner, Haroon Salem.
State Street Pictures and Mainstay Entertainment were also named as producers on the project, which was acquired by Paramount Studios.
NAN reports that Adewumi had only been playing chess for a year when he won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in 2018.
He learned to play chess from a teacher at school.
The plot of the film centred on the Adewumi family’s survival story of seeking asylum only to become homeless in New York, and the lengths that parents would go to for their children.
After their story began spreading around social media, the family was able to secure permanent housing thanks to the more than 250,000 dollars in donations that they received through GoFundMe.
The film’s script would be adapted from a trio of books on the family, which would be released through HarperCollins’ W Publishing imprint in 2020.
Award winning Nigerian film maker, Chinonye Chukwu to direct first 2 episodes of Americanah
– Nigerian film maker Chinonye Chukwu will be directing the first two episodes of HBO Max’s Americanah
– Chukwu is the first black woman to win the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance
– The Nigerian film maker won the award for the film she wrote and directed, titled Clemency
– Americanah is an adaption of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel of the same title
Award-winning Nigerian film maker Chinonye Chukwu has been chosen to direct the first two episodes of HBO Max’s Americanah.
The 10-episode limited series was written and showrun by Danai Gurira, and it features Lupita Nyong’o, Zackary Momoh, Uzo Aduba, Corey Hawkins, among others, Deadline reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Americanah will premiere on HBO Max, the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service that will be launched soon.
The series is based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel, Americanah.
Head of original content at HBO Max, Sarah Aubrey, said: “Fresh off her Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Clemency, we are thrilled to have Chinonye direct the first two episodes of Americanah.
“When she spoke so passionately about what it meant to her as a Nigerian filmmaker to tell this story, we knew we had the perfect partner to work alongside Danai, Lupita and Plan B.”
Chukwu wrote and directed Clemency, which won the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2019.
The Greatest Proposal Video Of All Time?: man animates himself into girlfriend’s favorite disney movie while proposing to her
A Boston filmmaker Lee Loechler got a ‘Yes’ from his girlfriend Sthuthi David, after ingeniously ‘hacking’ into her favorite movie, Disney’s animated “Sleeping Beauty” to propose to her.
The American man who spent six months altering the animation of the film’s most iconic scene and also changing the characters to look like him and his girlfriend, brought in their family members and loved ones to watch the movie with them.
Loechler wrote on YouTube;
“It’s not every day you get to propose to your High School sweetheart. For the past six months, I’ve been working with an illustrator to animate my girlfriend and myself into her favorite movie, ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ On 12/30/19 I popped the question in a theater filled with our friends and family.”
The video was shared by the Art House Convergence on Thursday January 8. An email attached to the video read;
“On December 30, a young man rented the Coolidge Screening Room for a surprise proposal to his girlfriend. ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is her favorite film, so he hired someone to animate a fake ending where they become the main characters and his onscreen character tosses a ring for him to ‘catch’ in real life. He went to great lengths to make this seem like a real screening, even making fake movie tickets (so the girlfriend actually unwittingly invited HIM to her own proposal), and got strangers from Reddit to show up so it wouldn’t just be her family in the room.”
The proposal got quite magical after Loechler’s illustrated self tossed the engagement ring to his real-life self, after which he went down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend who is a cardiologist.
Here is the video;
Asisat Oshoala wins Africa’s Best Women Footballer’s Award for the fourth time
Super Falcons player, Asisat Oshoala took to Instagram to celebrate winning the African best women footballer award for the fourth time.
Oshoala who noted that sometimes people forget to smell the roses along the way in life, revealed that she is always thinking about her next move and also never stops to celebrate her wins.
The Barcelona star revealed that winning the award for the fourth time is an amazing accomplishment and she is extremely blessed to have been in a position to accomplish it.
4 times baby!!! Sometimes you forget to smell the roses along the way in life. I’m always the type thinking about my next move and never really stop and celebrate he things in between. This is such an amazing accomplishment and I’m extremely blessed to have been in this position to accomplish it. It’s a blessing to see the wonderful lives I’ve touched in my young life. I truly appreciate all the love. But there’s still work to do