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Watch: Chiwetel Ejiofor Learnt Another Language For “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

Nigeria’s very own actor Chiwetel Ejiofor had a rather interesting revelation on the Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show” and it has our attention alright.

The Oscar-nominated actorevealeded that he had to learn some Chichewa (Malawian language) for the film for his feature directional debut “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”.


The film tells a story of Africa from an African perspective instead of the stories of famine and poverty porn that the world is used to.

“I’d spent a lot of time growing up back and forth in rural communities in Nigeria, where my family’s from, I would see some of that and be exposed to the kind of complicated system of life in the village communities, which were never reflected in films I had seen”

“If I could take an audience inside that experience,” he continued, “how you would negotiate when you realize you only have a weeks left of grain and another year to the next harvest, what’s the next move?” he told ESSENCE in an interview.

It is the story of William Kamkwamba, a man who saves his village from drought after he builds a windmill.

It is currently showing on Netflix.

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