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Rave News Digest: Beyoncé Shows Support For Meghan Markle, Netflix To Adapt Sefi Atta’s ‘Swallow’, Super Eagles + More

Rave News Digest: Beyoncé Shows Support For Meghan Markle, Netflix To Adapt Sefi Atta’s ‘Swallow’, Super Eagles + More

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Beyoncé sends a message to Meghan Markle, Netflix to adapt Sefi Atta’s ‘Swallow,’ Super Eagles AFCON qualifiers update. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…

1. Beyoncé sends message to Meghan Markle after interview

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Beyoncé shows support for Meghan Markle

Beyoncé is sending out her support to Meghan Markle. The singer shared a message for Meghan on her website on Tuesday, two days after Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. The interview, which aired on Sunday, saw Meghan and her husband Prince Harry open up about their exit as senior members of the royal family. The Duchess of Sussex also got candid about the racism she’d experienced and struggles with her mental health.

“Thank you, Meghan, for your courage and leadership,” Beyoncé posted. “We are all strengthened and inspired by you.” Beyoncé included a photo of her and Meghan Markle’s meeting at The Lion King’s London premiere in July 2019. The moment made headlines, as Beyoncé broke royal protocol by giving Meghan a hug.

2. Nigeria: Sefi Atta’s ‘Swallow’ picked up by Netflix, to be produced by Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan confirmed in a recent interview with Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s director of content for Africa, that he had concluded principal photography for the first film, a screen adaptation of ‘SwallowSefi Atta’s 2010 novel. According to Afolayan, the Nigerian-American novelist was a huge part of the screenplay and the film’s production.

Following up on his style of casting non-actors in lead roles, Afolayan’s latest film stars singer Niyola (Eniola Akinbo) as Tolani Ajao, the lead. Other cast members include Chioma Akpotha, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Omotunde Adebowale, Eniola Badmus, Mercy Aigbe, Kelvin Ikeduba, Joke Muyiwa, BBNaija reality star Thin Tall Tony, and Olusegun Akinremi.

3. South Africa: Elsa Majimbo lands on Beyoncé’s website

Kenyan-born, South Africa-based comedian and social media sensation Elsa Majimbo landed on Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s website after Beyoncé recognized her as one of the most powerful women in the world in honor of International Women’s Day. On her website, Beyoncé applauded the women for creating their own path.

Beyoncé named Elsa, Janet Mock, Bozoma Saint John, Laverne Cox, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Meghan Markle, Amina J Mohammed, Maxine Waters, Rosalind “Roz” Brewer, Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jane Fonda as #TheRuleBreakers. “It feels good to be Beyoncé’s favorite and put on her website. No-one look me in the eye. No-one is worthy,” Elsa said when she posted the screenshot from Bey’s website.

4. Ghana MPs plan law criminalizing promotion of LGBT+ rights

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A group of lawmakers in Ghana are set to criminalize the promotion of LGBT+ rights, a move that comes weeks after a community center for sexual minorities was shut down following strong opposition from politicians and church organizations. Parliamentarian Samuel Nartey George from the opposition National Democratic Congress said he and seven other MPs hoped parliamentary would pass their private members’ bill to ban LGBT+ advocacy before the session ends on March 31.

Government officials in the West African nation often make homophobic remarks and the lawmakers backing the draft law come from various political parties, suggesting it could garner broader support. The legislative initiative follows outrage from church groups, politicians, and anti-gay rights groups in February after the opening of the country’s first LGBT+ community center.

5. Osimhen, Musa, Umar make Nigeria squad for Benin and Lesotho Afcon qualifying games

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Some Super Eagle players jubilating

Victor Osimhen, Ahmed Musa, and Sadiq Umar have been named among Nigeria’s 24-man squad that will take on the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Super Eagles will slug it out against the Squirrels at Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on March 27 before facing the Crocodiles three days later at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Nigeria leads the Group L table with eight points, and a win over the Republic of Benin or Lesotho will seal their place for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.


Our Week Day News Digest brings you a summary of five of the hottest news topics across the world––including celebrity news from Hollywood to Nollywood, the latest trending global headlines from American news today, to top African news and sports stories in 2021. 


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