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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.

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His Excellency President Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya of Cameroon to receive the Prestigious Special NAFCA Award in Hollywood

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The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious Awards for journalists on the continent. To enter, you will first need to create an online account by clicking 'create new account' on this page  and then follow the instructions on the form.

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John Boyega, a British/Nigerian actor who featured in the Nigerian movie Half of a Yellow Sun, has been selected to play a leading Jedi role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Full story here:

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100 information heroes

For the first time ever, Reporters Without Borders is publishing a list of profiles of '100 information heroes' for World Press Freedom Day (3 May).

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