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Kenya: Confirmed - Lupita to Star in Americanah

Details for the next project for the Oscar award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o are out.

Lupita has been confirmed to star in and produce an adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's acclaimed novel Americanah. The film will be made by Brad Pitt's company Plan B -- the same producers of the 12 Years a Slave, which won her an Oscar in February.

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Call for Entries: Africa in Motion Short Film Competition 2014

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Lupita Nyong’o will star in and produce a movie version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s romance novel “Americanah” with Brad Pitt’s Plan B, D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions.

The deal re-teams the Mexican-Kenyan actress — who won an Oscar in her film debut in “12 Years a Slave” — with Pitt’s production company, which produced the searing historical drama.

“Americanah” centers on a young Nigerian couple in a romance that explores the cruelties and the humor of the modern immigrant experience on three continents.

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African countries set to beat digital migration deadline

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The former anchor [1984 - 1991] of the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), Eric Chinje, was appointed earlier this week as CEO of the African Media Initiative (AMI) for a term of three years, announced AMI’s Pca, Trevor Ncube.

AMI is a non-governmental, Pan-African organization based in Nairobi, Kenya which aims to strengthen private and independent media in Africa to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. AMI organizes the annual Leaders Forum of African media (AMLF), whose last edition was held in November 2013 in Addis Ababa.

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Arab and Mediterranean film festival accepting submissions [MENA]
Deadline: 6/20/14

Filmmakers and documentarians from the Arab world whose feature-length projects were produced in the last five years can submit their work to the festival.

The Arab and Mediterranean Film Festival of Catalonia seeks films from Arab countries to participate in this year's program. The festival aims to combat negative perceptions about the Arab world and build bridges among the Mediterranean community of nations.