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It’s Day 5 at LABAF2019.

Here’s what to expect at the festival today!

Cardi B Confirms visit to Lagos and Accra

The 27-year-old rapper revealed she will be coming to Africa for the first time this December.

The self-proclaimed Queen of the Bronx famous for her hits such as ‘Bodak Yellow’, and ‘Press’ will be performing live in Lagos and Ghana for Livespot X Festival on December 7 and 8, 2019.

Cardi announced her impending performance in both cities, on instagram, last night.

In about a month, the international superstar will be joined on stage by some of Nigeria’s biggest artistes.

Cardi’s trip to Lagos and Ghana is a clear indication of her ambitions to conquer the world and cement her status as a bonafide global star.

Paramount Pictures acquires movie rights to inspiring story of 8-year-old Chess champion Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Popular American film studio Paramount Pictures has acquired a movie project built around this young Nigerian chess star and his family.

The untitled drama will be based on three yet-to-be published books on the Adewunmi family by the HarperCollins imprint W Publishing.

South African comedian and TV host Trevor Noah is one of the producers attached to the project.

Eight-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi gained attention after winning the 2019 New York chess championship.

At the time of his win, he was living in a homeless centre waiting on for his family’s asylum request to be accepted.

The Adewumi family left northern Nigeria in 2017 for New York because they were afraid they would be targeted by Boko Haram terrorists since they are devout Christians. “I don’t want to lose any loved ones,” his father, Kayode Adewumi, told The Times.

Once Tani made the headlines, a GoFundMe page was created for him and a total of $254,448 was raised to help the chess prodigy and his family to move into an apartment.

His inspiring story is being told via three yet-to-be published books at the HarperCollins imprint W Publishing set to be released sometime in 2020.

Paramount Pictures is set to develop the film adaptation of Tani’s story based on these three books.

Deadline reports the movie will follow the story of a Nigerian family that escaped terrorism in their home country, sought and received asylum in New York.

“It’s a story of love, peace, community and faith and the lengths parents will go to bring their family to safety and provide them with a better life,” the report reads.

The movie will be produced by Trevor Noah’s Day Zero Productions company, Haroon Saleem, State Street Pictures’ George Tillman Jr. and Bob Teitel, and Mainstay Entertainment’s Norman Aladjem.


Tunde Leye Makes A Case for Capitalism at Labaf2019

Historical fiction enthusiast and author of ‘Golden Sands’ and ‘Afonja; The Rise’, Tunde Leye today made a claim in support of capitalism at the panel session of the Lagos Books and Arts festival

The session which had Kayode Faniyi and Kolawole Oluwadamilare on the panel, featured a discourse on ‘Literature; The Rise of Hope.’

Tunde Leye insisted that history has proved that other economic and political systems like socialism and feudalism have been tested overtime without success, and that capitalism has been the only system that has worked so far.

The panel session which was divided on this particular issue challenged this perception and Tunde Leye was made to defend his stand on capitalism inspite of the contrary opinions against it.

A truce was reached when a contributor from the audience agreed that capitalism can only work under a controlled economy.

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