Will Smith and David Oyelowo to produce new novel film adaptation

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Will Smith’s production house Westbrook Studios and David Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon are partnering with Netflix to produce the film adaptation of the novel by British-Nigerian author journalist Tọlá Okogwu’s ‘Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun’.

The adaptation, which was pitched to the streamer by Ola Shokunbi (who will script the film) will see both Smith and Oyelowo co produce it.


The novel set to be published in June follows the story of a teenager who learns she has powers and travels to Nigeria to learn more about her origins, where she discovers a threat to her newfound magical community.

Hailed by critics, the book has been described as the love child of ‘Black Panther’ and ‘X-Men’ or ‘Percy Jackson’, and will be published by Simon & Schuster in the US and UK.



Pulse/Hauwa Abu

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