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Nigerian 8-year-old chess prodigy is getting a film produce by Trevor Noah

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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.

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Nigerian author Tochi Onyebuchi writes compelling novel on war that features in New York Times.

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  • A Nigerian writer, Tochi Onyebuchi, has had his latest novel titled War Girls featured in the New York Times . Onyebuchi who works in the technology industry wrote about a futuristic Nigeria in which the most vulnerable fight the Biafran War.
  • The New York Times described Onyebuchi as a brilliant writer who nobly ‘illuminates one of the most pervasive conditions of the human experience’ Writing is an art and only a few are blessed with the ability to trigger a wide spectrum of emotions with words. One of such people is the brilliant Tochi Onyebuchi, whose latest novel titled War Girls was featured on the New York Times recently.
  • Excited about getting the feature, Onyebuchi shared the link on his Twitter page and expressed joy over being recognised for writing an intelligent novel that paints the picture of what a futuristic Biafran war that affects the most vulnerable looks like.
  • Onyebuchi is not just a brilliant writer, he is also a successful professional in the technology industry. He also has four university degrees in arts, screenwriting, economics, and law. His writing has been featured in top science fiction magazines. He is also the author of Beasts Made of Night, its sequel Crown of Thunder and the upcoming Riot Baby, forthcoming from Tor.com in January 2020.
  • He is a graduate of Yale University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia Law School, and L’institut d’études politiques with a Masters degree in Global Business Law. Meanwhile, Essynce Moore, a 15-year-old African-American author from New Jersey, has had three books from her collection Middle School Chronicles selected as compulsory reading in many districts in the United States
  • . The books focus on teaching students what to do about bullying, how to find their passion and pursue their dreams, how to relate effectively with colleagues and teachers, and also inspires them to become anything they wish to be.
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Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) wins two awards at City People Movie Award.

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Celebrations are currently taking place at the office of Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) as the TV and Movie Production House won two major awards at the prestigious City People Movie Awards which took place on Sunday, 13th October 2019, at 10 Degree Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos.

At the glamorous event, which was well-attended by several top celebrities and other Nigerian Entertainment Industry stakeholders, WAP’s Knockout won Best Movie of the Year (English); and the production outfit won Best Movie Producer of the Year (English).

According to Wale Adenuga Jr., Managing Director of WAP, and Producer of Knockout, “We really appreciate this recognition by the organisers of City People Movie Awards. These awards are dedicated to the brilliant Cast, the dedicated Crew, and of course every single person who watched the movie at the cinemas. The audience feedback has been really awesome. For people who want to experience it again, as well as those who were unable to see it at the cinemas, Knockout would soon be available on Streaming Services and Cable TV Channels worldwide.”

Released in April 2019, Knockout is a fun-filled comedy blockbuster movie with a hilarious script brilliantly brought to life by Sola Sobowale, Charles Okocha, Toyin Abraham, Chinwetalu Agu, Odunlade Adekola, Patience Ozokwor, Broda Shaggi, Ali Nuhu, Eniola Badmus, Papa Ajasco, Mama Ajasco, Pa James, Alinco, Miss Pepeiye, Ajasco, Francis Odega, Afeez Oyetoro (Saka), Nnenna, Desmond Elliot, Funky Mallam, Kenny Blaq, Ngozi Nwosu, Gentle Jack, Remi Surutu, Victor Osuagwu, Woli Arole, Yaw, Tayo Amokade (Ijebu), Klint Da Drunk, Segun Arinze, Amaechi Muonagor, Ronke Oshodi Oke, Josh2Funny & Bello Kreb, Jide Kosoko, Princess, Tony Akposheri, MC Lively, Omo Ibadan, Kelechi Udegbe, Wale Adebayo, Greg Ojefua, Iya Niwe, Akpan & Oduma, Fyne Geh, Chief Olododo, and others; as well as some electrifying cameos by 9ice, Derenle Edun and Jaywon.

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‘The Ghost And The House Of Truth’ by Ego Boyo ready for the cinemas

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One of Nigeria’s respected actresses, Ego Boyo is set for a major return to the big screen but this time as a movie producer. Boyo who recently concluded work on the anticipated movie, ‘The Ghost And The House Of Truth’ will be making her debut in cinemas from November 22.

The thespian who is popular for her role as Anne Haastrup in the late 80’s soap, Checkmate is from Enugu State in Eastern Nigeria. She started her own production company, Temple Productions in 1996 and produced the movie, ‘A Hotel Called Memory’ in 2017 and the movie won the audience award for best experimental film at the Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia.

‘The Ghost And The House Of Truth’ is directed by Akin Omotosho and produced by Ego Boyo.

The film stars veteran filmmaker, Toyin Oshinaike as Uncle Joe, multiple award-winning actress, Kate Henshaw as Inspector Folashade, BAFTA award-winner, Susan Wokoma as Bola Ogun, Mario Obruthe as Tomi, Imoleayo Olusanya as Nike and Dara Egerton-Shyngle as Susan.

It also features Fabian Lojede (‘Comatose,’ ‘Jacob’s Cross,’ ‘Man on Ground,’ ‘October 1’) and Kemi Lala Akindoju, who is also the associate producer and casting director of the film.

The movie tells the story of a counselor whose eight year-old daughter goes missing. Frustrated with the police investigation, she takes it upon herself to catch the perpetrator, but as time runs out, things take an unexpected turn.

The movie will be premiered November 15 at AFRIFF but will be available nationwide from November 22 in all cinemas.

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