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Disney's Lion King Remake to star Beyonce, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Disney ‘s The Lion king which was released in 1994 was and is still a huge success, spawning a hit Broadway musical, cartoon spinoffs and much more. The animated movie alone made just under a billion dollars in the box office. The film received an Oscar for the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John and Tim Rice, with the soundtrack selling more than 14 million copies. Its stage production has also gone on to win six Tony Awards.

Yesterday Disney released the list of the movie’s cast with additions to the initial castings released in February.

 The movie will feature a couple of big names with Beyoncé being the most talked about. Music’s Queen B will be playing Simba’s love interest, a part voiced by Moira Kelly in the original film. James Earl Jones who is part of the original cast of the animation will reprise his role as Mufasa in the upcoming movie.

 When looking at the cast lineup, one would definitely notice the drastic difference between the cast members in the 1994 film and it’s live-action reboot. At least 70% of the cast in the original film were white whereas in its live-action counterpart black actors take predominance. The GrapeVine dubbed the movie as ‘The Blackest Disney Movie Ever’ (in terms of ratio of white-to-black actots) with Black Panther coming in as a close second.

The cast breakdown is as follows (original cast members to the left and live-action cast members to the right)

Simba voiced by actor Matthew Broderick, will now be portrayed by award winning actor, director and rapper, Donald Glover

 

Nala voiced by Moira Kelly, will be played by Beyonce Knowles-Carter

Scar voiced by Jeremy Irons will be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the reboot

Zazu voiced by Rowan Atkinson in the original film will be played by John Oliver

Sarabi was originally played by Madge Sinclair will be played by Alfre Woodard

Timon and Pumbaa originally played by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella will be played by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen

Keegan-Micahel Key will be playing the hyena Kamari

Other cast members include Eric Andre, Florence Kasumba, JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph.

The lion king joins the long list of Disney’s live-action reboots with other movies like Mulan and Aladdin which are also underway. The film is being conceived along the lines of another recent remake; The Jungle Book. Movie viewers should expect the jungle-book like effects with photorealistic computer-generated animals being voiced by the cast.

It is scheduled for release in July 2019 and will be directed by Jim Favreau, who also led The Jungle Book  reboot. Favreau stated “This is a story that belongs to everyone who grew up with the original film. It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to live.”

The succes of the animation gives it's live-action reboot very big shoes to fill. Hopefully Disney doesn't dissapoint.

Lion king fact: James Earl Jones (Mufasa) and Madge Sinclair Sarabi) were also the king and queen in Coming to America

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Hallowen in Nigeria? What's All That?

October 31st is upon us again which means our abroad friends and family have already started flooding our timelines with pictures of their costumes and pretty soon with their trick-or-treating escapades in celebration of the pumpkin themed event.

Us when our abroad friends ask us what we’re dressing as for Halloween:

Halloween is a holiday that first originated in Ireland and has since has been adopted by several countries around the world, the United Kingdom, America, Mexico and many more. But of course Nigeria, true to her nature, frowns upon the pagan holiday. So no, we don’t dress up in scary or scantily clad costumes while going door to door asking for candy. I mean let’s look at this from a Nigerian mum’s perspective. Her kid dressed in a monster costume? I think the hell not. My mum freaks out when I tell her I ate eba in my dream, so yeah, that’s definitely a deal breaker.  

Halloween in Nigeria would definitely be fun but we couldn’t ignore all of the stress and strains that would follow if it were to be as openly celebrated as it is in other countries.

  1. Firstly we don’t need to give all of the in-the-cupboard witches and wizards an excuse to come out and pretend they too are enjoying the Halloween festivities.
  2. And then how would we tell the difference between the real ritualist and the fake ritualists: like we wouldn’t be stressed enough trying to differentiate which witches are fake or real, we’d have to worry about ritualists as well?
  3. Nigerians take things too seriously:  you dress as a sexy catwoman one time and your neighbours would eye you and gossip about you for weeks
  4. You can’t even decide to dress as the devil….ahh, you're obviously begging for a baptism of anointing oil and an intense deliverance service: scary costumes are definitely off the table, unless you’re looking to be dubbed the devil’s spawn.
  5. Godforbid you go trick-or-treating and go that petty neighbours house you’re mum has beef with, and she’d never stop talking about how Pelumi’s kid came begging for candy. Scoff.

 

Well, the holiday is celebrated in some parts of our beloved country but we can assure you it only takes place in ‘tush’ areas e.g island only with costume parties and no trick-or-treating part of course.

We’ll leave you with this tweet from Bollylomo to explain it better


 

 

Funny right? We think so too.

 

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Buhari Returns; But Is The Nation Happy?

Buhari Returns’ sounds like a low-rent Nollywood production. But we can’t seem to find Jim Iyke around anywhere, so you better believe it; our President is back! Buhari, who has been in the UK receiving medical treatment arrived in the capital on Saturday and returned to a hero’s welcome, as Nigerians expressed their relief that their president was finally home.

The following Monday, Our Commander in chief officially addressed the nation, where he made a call for unity. “I have been kept in daily touch with events at home.” Buhari said. “….I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far. ”

“In 2003…the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and…..we discussed…and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united

Many Nigerians believe Buhari’s  ‘mystery’ illness may leave him unfit to deal with the pressing issues of the country but, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo assured Nigerians on Saturday that the President was “roaring to go”. Mr Buhari however, might have to hold on to his ‘roar’ for a while longer as his office has reportedly been damaged by rodents.

According to BBC Africa, after spending more than 100 days in London, the President will be spending 3 months working from home while his office is being renovated after damage to his furniture and air conditioning units. A presidential spokesman informed BBC Africa that Mr Buhari is unable to work from his office in its present state and that working from home would not affect his productivity in any way. Regardless, Nigerians are undoubtedly not happy with this news, with Buhari already receiving major social media backclash.

 

According to Sahara Reporters, sources inside Aso Rock are calling the President's return to office a 'loud dissapoiintment'. Whatever the case may be, it's clear that the President is still in need of time to recuperate from his illness.

 

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5 Things You Can Do While ASUU Is On Strike

If you go to a federal university, you probably recognize ASUU strike as the summer break you never had. In the past the strike has lasted a week or maybe two, and in its longest in history, 6 whole months. Scary isn’t it? True, ASUU strike is horrible on students, especially those expecting to graduate soon, but we refuse to look at the negative side of things. Every cloud has a silver lining. Here’s a list of all the things you can do while the strike is on.

INTERN

Yes, ASUU is striking but don’t allow them pour sand in your garri. Though no one knows when the strike will end, its best you spend that idle time doing something productive like interning at a firm, business, hospital, radio station, basically anywhere, so far as its something you like or are interested in. Don’t waste away when you can be getting real life experience on your future job or field of choice. Especially in this day, where companies expect a fresh graduate to have 2 – 3 years of experience sometimes even more, a little internship time couldn’t hurt.

WORK ON YOURSELF

You’re life’s pretty great, I know. But we all have at least one thing we wish we could change. One talent we wish we could develop or one skill we wish we could learn. Whether the strike lasts a week or a month you can’t go wrong in using the time to develop yourself. Go to acting classes. Read a book. Practice dancing. Exercise. There really is no end to the possibilities! Use the time wisely.

YOU’RE ALWAYS IN SCHOOL, SPEND SOMETIME WITH YOUR FAMILY

After the last ASUU strike, you’ve barely spent any quality time at home. Your school’s Academic calendar has got you jam-packed with work trying to make up for the previous 6 months of lost time. Now that you have a little free time on your hands, why not go home and spend some quality time with your family? Take your siblings to a movie. Have deep conversations with mum. Go take a walk with your dad. And when last did you visit grandma?

EXPLORE. DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW

Nothing beats the annoying sting of boredom and idleness than the excitement of a new place or new experience. So get up and experience something new. Don’t mope around about ASUU this or that, just live and experience life. Go check out the new place around the corner that just opened. Explore Lagos. Eat food from another culture. I was about to suggest hiking as an option, but then I remembered we’re Nigerians and we really don’t know what’s in these woods. LOL.  But yeah, you get my point.

READ, BECAUSE YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO RESUME TO AN EXAM

Don’t kid yourself. While ASUU strike might seem like a time of relaxation, it really isn’t. Think of it more as extra time to read for your semester finals. You definitely don’t want to be caught off guard when your exams come, so spend all your time preparing! Read that Psychobiology note! Read that Land Law note! And do not at any point stop reading! Cause, remember; an indefinite strike means it can’t end anytime!

ASUU strike could end this week or maybe last longer still, you shouldn't put your whole life on hold because of it.  Do something positive. Effect change. Make someone smile. Make a difference.

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Mr Eazi - Taking Banku Music To The World!

This Yoruba boy is making waves in the music industry and he’s just getting started.

        When Oluwatosin Ajibade was just the age of 21 he started his journey into the music industry. 5 short years after, the Ghana/Nigerian native has taken his music beyond the borders of Africa, breaking into the international market, much like his friend and boss Wizkid. 

      Mr Eazi dominated the music scene last year with hits like Leg Over and Skin Tight but he’s not looking to slow down anytime soon. The Starboy Entertainment artiste’s music has been described as Reggae, Afropop but Mr Eazi begs to differ, creating his own genre of music called ‘Banku’ after the traditional Ghanaian dish made of cassava and corn. Mr eazi describes his genre music as a fusion of “Ghanaian bounces, Ghanaian highlife, Nigerian chord progressions and Nigerian pattern” and says his music is inspired by the chilled out vibe of Ghanaian life.

You might have heard of Apple Music’s new feature ‘Up Next’, which is a monthly series focused on not just promoting up-and-coming artiste but also giving them an avenue to spread their music to people all over the world. This month Mr Eazi is at the focus of series, being named by Apple Music ‘afrobeats movement’s rising star’.  The feature includes a 7 minute documentary where he talks about his life and what got him into singing, a video of a live performance in London and an interview the star had with Julie Adenuga of Beats 1 Radio.

During his Interview with Julie Adenuga, Mr Eazi shared his plans to do an acoustic version of his album. “I’m doing 10 songs. 10 fan favorites.” He then went on describing his acoustic performance at the Apple store in Williamsburg, New York which was what inspired his decision to make acoustic covers. “I made it stripped down. And I saw people from all like cultures, and they could connect to the music because it was in its purest form and I said you know what, let’s do this. We have to record this”

The singer also recently took a trip to Los Angeles, California where he gave an electrifying performance at James Corden’s ‘The Late Late Show’ of his songs Leg Over and In The Morning in the form of a medley.

Mr Eazi also has a ‘Life Is Eazi ‘Culture Festival coming up soon, which promises to be the first of its kind taking place at London’s Roundhouse, famous for its incredible live performances. The concert is set to have an African theme. “When you get into the concert venue there should be a feel. You should almost be scared. The feeling should bring goosebumps. You should feel like you’re in some shrine. Do you understand?” The singer described enthusiastically.

If 2016 was a ‘good’ year for Mr Eazi then definitely 2017 is fantastic for him. Already apparently accomplishing all of his goals for this year as he tweeted “I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve this year! Now I gotta set new goals I mean the year still got 5 months”

    The Banku artiste is rumored to be dating oil tycoon’s daughter, Temi Otedola. So far however all we have for evidence are flirtatious tweets between them both as there has been no confirmation from both parties. We hope it’s true because they’re just so cute together.

Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi celebrating his 26th birthday

If his stage name is anything to go by, Tosin Ajibade surely has life ‘Eazi

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Is Lil Chano from 79th Hip Hop’s Very Own Superhero?

Grammy-award-winning artiste by night. Philanthropist by day.

Earlier last week, rumors swirled that Soundcloud was shutting down, as they reportedly only had enough money to stay online for 50 more days. Seems like the rumors were true because not long after, award winning artiste Chance the Rapper vowed to help, tweeting that he was ‘working on the soundcloud thing’.

And just like every superhero would, he came through on his promise. Not less than a day later Chance confirmed that he had a very fruitful call with the company’s co-founder and CEO, Alex Ljung and that Soundcloud was indeed ‘here to say’.

This isn’t the rappers first time ‘coming to the rescue’.

In November 2014, Chance was named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Chance, along with his father actively fought gun violence in their hometown promoting the #SaveChicago campaign. The campaign saw Chicago go 42hours straight without shooting. Talk about impact!

Apart from stopping gun violence and saving music streaming apps, the 24 year old is very passionate about education. Chance popularly had feud with Bruce Rauner (Chicago’s governor) over how to provide funds for Chicago Public schools. Though the award winning rapper and his hometown’s governor may not see eye to eye, Chance wrote a $1,000,000 check to fund Chicago Public Schools. According to the Chicago Tribune, in addition to the $1 million, Chance also plans on donating $10,000 to 10 individual city schools. “This isn’t about politics. This is about taking care of the kids.” The rapper said during a conference.

And much like a superhero, wherever Chance goes, problems are solved!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, its Chance the Rapper!

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The Carter Twins Are Here

Mayday! Mayday! Beyonce just broke the Internet! This is not a drill! I repeat this is not a drill!

Jay Z's and Beyonce's beautiful boy and girl just made they're Instagram debut (well technically, it's their second...third?? Who's counting anyway) and the whole world's talking about it! and she gave us their names and everything!!

Sir Carter, Rumi and Beyoncé serving the world what it's been waiting for since Bey's pregnancy announcement in February.

The Instagram post broke the internet, wrapping up 7.8 million likes in less than 12 hours.

By now it's no secret that Bey and Jay both hold masters degrees in the art of keeping things lowkey. Sir Carter and Rumi are already a month old, which means they were born June 14th. Around that time last month, there were numrous speculations that Beyonce had put to bed, but there were neither confirmations nor denials from the Carter family.

    Keeping such a big secret, or rather, 2 secrets must've been difficult especially when a whole hospital witnessed the birth of their kids. One would also have to consider how secretive they would have to be to have entered the hospital unnoticed. They definitely did no got through the front door. All in all, we've got to give up to their security team and friends and family for not spilling the beans.

Rumi's and Sir Carter's parents last night at an event celebrating Roc Nation artist Vic Mensa.

Sir Carter and Rumi join their big sister Blue-Ivy in league of unusual baby names. But hey, let's face it these aren't regular babies.

I still don't understand if it's just 'Sir' or 'Sir Carter', which would make his name 'Sir Carter Carter'?? I need answers. Beyoncé explain.

Now that the Carter family is now a family of 5, we hope to see more cute family pictures like this

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Game of Thrones: What To Expect When Winter Comes

Who would have thought after 6 seasons winter is finally here?

The 7th season of Game of Thrones kicks off this month and the world hasn’t anticipated anything more. 'The World's Most Popular Show" has managed to consistently surprise its viewers 6 seasons straight, with shocking deaths and plot twist that we imagine even the main characters couldn’t believe. Which begs the question what will its 7th season bring?

Season 6 ended with so many cliffhangers; Cersei is Queen of the seven kingdoms, Daenerys has gotten her ships and sailed to Westeros (took her long enough!), and Jon Snow is a Targaryen??!

With 14 days left to the premiere, here’s all we know about the forthcoming season;

A war is coming

“For a long time we’ve been talking about the wars to come. That war is pretty much here…the conflicts that have been building the past six years are upon them.” David Benoiff explained to Entertainment Weekly. Could this mean a war between House Targaryen and Lannister for the Iron Throne? Dragons and wildfire anyone? Or perhaps he's referring to the inevitable war between the dead and the living!? So many possibilities. So many loose ends. We need closure Benoiff!

Longer episodes

Maisie Williams(Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)

This season will have fewer episodes, but never worry GOT family, the series’ producers told Entertainment Weekly that there are definitely going to be longer episodes. David Benioff an D. B. Weiss noted that “We have two episodes considerably over 60 minutes this year…..and one episode coming in around 90 minutes.” The producers also mentioned that there some shorter episodes as well.

Daenerys in the North?

During an interview, The Mother of Dragons (Emilia Clarke) may have let out a little spoiler. And we’re hoping it’s what we think it is. “I normally don’t spend very much time in Belfast, but this season, I spent a little more time there.” Clarke said.  Belfast is a known site for shooting scenes in 'The North' for the series. Because, of Clarke’s comment, fans are now speculating that Jon Snow and Daenerys may finally meet. Is this our first hint of ice meeting fire?

Ed Sheeran is guest starring

                                                            

 This series, which has a history of a few minor cameos here and there, has managed to get The Galway girl crooner to make a guest appearance in the new season. In a conversation with Benoiff, he explained that they had tried for years to land Sheeran as a surprise for Maisie William (Arya Stark), who is a big fan of the star and this year they finally made it happen. No word yet on what role Sheeran will play in the series. Other cameos they have had in the past include Coldplay memeber, Will Champion, the band 'Of Monsters and Men, and Sigor Ros.

Reunions

(D. B.) Weiss and (David) Benioff told Entertainment Weekly themselves that fans can expect a whole bunch of reunions. Could this mean there’ll finally be a reunion for the remainder of the Stark family?

Cool Dragon Scenes

While we’ve seen Daenerys’ dragons in action many times however, Khaleesi and her dragons have never been to the North (which is where its been hinted Daenerys will be for a while).  The producers spoke on how tedious it was to capture the dragon scenes this season. Hopefully the harder the better!

Thankfully, the series’ producers mentioned nothing about any characters dying. But then again, if any of the characters were to die, they wouldn't tell us, would they? Sinister bastards.

Season 7 premieres July 16th on HBO

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