Hot off the heels of Fela! The Musical’s phenomenal 11 Tony Award nominations comes the news (via Deadline New York) that Chiwetel Ejiofor is “formally attached” to play the lead in the Fela biopic slated for release in 2011. The film is being produced by Focus Features and will be directed by Steve McQueen, the British artist who made his feature film debut in 2008 with the much-lauded Irish hunger strike drama, Hunger. McQueen will also co-write the screenplay with Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele.

It seems to be a good week for British actors of African descent. I like it.

Further Reading

Are you safe? Please stay safe

The statistics and scenes of violence against black immigrants in South Africa are horrible. A young Cameroonian student in South Africa writes about what it is like to live under such insecurity.

Eyes on the Prize

Does the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea—now rewarded with a Nobel Prize—bring the kind of cooperation between the two countries that it aspired to do a year ago?