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John Boyega talks Standing Off against a Boatman in Calabar & being a Black Man on “Star Wars” with British GQ

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Following his “Star Wars” feature and the unguarded address against racism from a Hyde Park Stage, John Boyega in an interview with British GQ Magazine is telling it all.

The actor and activist who is now starring in Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” as a Met police in the depths of institutional racism and breaking his industry’s expectation of silence is speaking with one voice.

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Boyega shared, among other stories, his interesting experience eight years ago in Calabar where he was stranded at sea.

He was 20 at the time and had just made his film debut in “Attack The Block,” when he returned to Nigeria to appear in the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie “Half Of A Yellow Sun“.

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Boyega told GQ Magazine that he was scudding slowly out from the city of Calabar to a nearby riverside outpost called Creek Town, where the production hub was located, for what was supposed to be a 45 minutes journey.

The boatman suddenly cut the engine, out on the water, and turned his attention to Boyega, saying that if Boyega wanted him to start the engine again, then he needed to hand over some more money.

I felt very fearful, But I think it was the first time that I went into fight-or-flight mode and was just like, ‘OK, well, both of us are going to die today, then, because I’m definitely not going to back down.’ I told him, ‘I’m going to pay you the money that’s owed, but we’ll both be dying in the sea here if you think I’m going out like this or that you can get more from me.

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Boyega told GQ, recalling the expectant glances of the other passengers, the lapping sound of the water, the tense sway of the becalmed boat. Although it did not come to a confrontation, a police boat, manned by AK-47-toting officers was sent by the film’s production staff to look for him after 15 minutes.

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Boyega also shared his “Star Wars” experience with the magazine, “I was the only cast member whose experience of “Star Wars” was based on their race” he said.

There’s so much more to read on GQ Magazine.

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4 Things Ghanaians Absolutely Hate When They’re In The Kitchen

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If we’re being honest, spending time in the kitchen isn’t as bad as people usually make it out to be. In fact, if you have some music playing it can be one of the more fun ways to pass some time and destress. However, when you’re in the kitchen there are certain things that other people do that will make you so mad for reasons you can’t even explain.

Being Told To Go And Do Something (Anything) In The Kitchen

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Spending time in the kitchen can be enjoyable, but only if no one tells you to. The minute that someone else tells you to go and cook or to go and do the dishes entering the kitchen loses all fun. It only gets annoying at that point.

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When Someone Else Enters The Kitchen

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It can feel so invasive when you’re busy in the kitchen and then someone else enters for whatever reason. Somehow it just makes sense that kitchen time should be private and other people entering your space when you’re in the kitchen is one of the top most annoying things that can ever happen to you.

When You’re Washing Dishes And Someone Else Brings Theirs

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Doing the dishes in the sink requires a lot of mental preparation. So when you’re finally doing the dishes in the kitchen and people keep showing up and adding their plates it can be infuriating.

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When Someone Tries To Give You Unsolicited Instructions

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If you feel like you know what you’re doing in the kitchen and then people keep showing up to give you instructions it can make you want to scream. ‘Don’t do it like this,’ ‘do it like this.’ Nobody wants to be micromanaged in the kitchen.

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4 Common Themes In Ghanaian-Authored Books

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Although there are quite a number of people who love to read in Ghana, the average Ghanaian is not particularly a studious reader. Recently however, a conversation sparked on twitter concerning books written by Ghanaian authors, specifically, Peggy Oppong and several tweeps expressed their disinterest and displeasure in Ghanaian-authored books. Why? Because for most of these books, just by reading the epilogue of the book, you can tell the entire story and how it ends. Here are 4 of the most commonest themes in Ghanaian- Authored books.

1. The Prodigal Child.

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Ghanaians are very religious people, so of course their belief in religion and morality would play a major role in the type of content they churn out. In every Ghanaian story, there is a prodigal child of either a pastor or a rich man, who engages in all sorts of promiscuous activities and then loses everything and comes back home, not alone though, with two or three kids as proof of their bad b*tching activities.

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2. The Wicked Step Mother.

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There is always that book that starts out with the death of the mother and a father who isn’t really looking but ends up finding love, as if it’s that easy when most people are still gnashing. He finally brings her home and of course, she only acts nice in his presence but pours hot water on the kids and beats them with bankuta when he leaves for work. Eventually, she convinces the father to let them drop out of school and then the story continues.

3. The Orphan.

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As said earlier, Ghanaians will never miss a chance to preach religion to you. Authors will let these orphans go through hell and high water and when they find money in a bag, instead of them to keep it and enjoy themselves, they will spend their lives looking for the owner because according to the authors, that is the only way their lives can change.

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4. The Gold digger.

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The gold digger character in these books, who clearly saw the vision before any of us did, would be chilling in life, only to be tricked by someone so that they can change their “gold-digging” ways.

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