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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.

Americanah centres on the life of two Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love but find themselves separated by immigration issues. In a statement, Lupita said it was an "honour to bring Adichie's brilliant book to the screen".

"Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze's stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humour and heart," she said.

Adichie's award-winning novels include Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, which was recently made into a film starring Thandie Newton and 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Source: The Star- Elly Gitau, 7 July 2014



Tanzania: People's Choice Awards Went to Right Winners 

Dar es Salaam hosted People's Choice Awards night. The event could go down in history as a night to remember, especially for Dar es Salaam revelers, and it could be right to say this year's event was a big success.

Entertainment enthusiasts and sports lovers said the awards went to deserved winners. People's Choice Awards is meant to give fans a chance to honour excellence in sports, movie, TV and film industries.

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Turner Broadcasting System has appointed Gulliermo Farré as the head of general entertainment channels for Africa. Farré joined Turner in 2007 and held the role of coordinator of programming and acquisitions until 2012, before being promoted to content chief of TNT and TCM.