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Are Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o planning a movie?

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o movie conjured up on Twitter

By Frances Cronin Entertainment reporter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The photo was taken at a Miu Miu fashion show in Paris fashion week in 2014

A photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o has sparked a film idea on Twitter and they have both taken to the social media site to say they are up for it.

The 2014 fashion show photo was shared by fans with the comment: "Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams".

It caught the attention of Oscar winner Nyong'o a few days ago and now Rihanna has tweeted she is up for it too.

Fans have gone crazy for the idea.

Lupita saw the tweet a few days ago and posted "I'm down if you are @Rihanna".

More than 200,000 liked the tweet and earlier today Rihanna replied saying "I'm in Pit'z" - her nickname for the Star Wars actress.

Another 99,000 liked that tweet and now the two stars had said yes Twitter went into a meltdown with ideas about the film.

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One fan then tweeted it over to Selma director Ava Duvernay saying she should direct it and Duvernay loved the idea.

"Lights set. Camera's up. Ready to call action for these #queens," she tweeted back.

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It seems Rihanna didn't want to let go of the idea as she retweeted a fan's idea to get Issa Rae, the creator and executive producer of Insecure, on board.

Rae then replied with a Gif of a cat manically typing, which made Rihanna blush.

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The idea of a movie based on the photo had been around on Tumblr when the photo was first published - but now the main players have got involved it looks like Twitter may have cast and created a movie.

But with so many fan ideas contributed who takes credit for the concept and gets a cut of the profits?

Most of the fans on Twitter though are just desperate to see it happen.


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Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders

Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders

Image copyright AFP Image caption Henri van Breda comes from a wealthy family near Cape Town

A man accused of killing his parents and older brother in a frenzied axe attack in Stellenbosh in South Africa has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Henri van Breda, 21, is also charged with the attempted murder of his sister who survived with severe head injuries.

Mr Van Breda said in a statement that the murders were carried out by an axe-wielding intruder.

No arrests were made in this horrific case for 18 months until the accused handed himself over in June 2016.

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Mr Van Breda's sister Marli is expected to be a key witness during the trial in Cape Town.

But there are concerns about how much she remembers about the night of the murders as she suffers from amnesia. She was 16 at the time of the attack.

The run-up to the trial has attracted international interest in the story of a son born into privilege allegedly unleashing a brutal attack on his family, whose fortune was estimated at $16m (£12.5m).

In a statement read out by his lawyer, Mr Van Breda said he was in a toilet when he saw a man wielding an axe hacking his brother Rudi in bed.

His father, who then burst in, "trying to tackle the attacker" was also struck by the alleged intruder, he said.

"I also recall the attacker was laughing", he added. His mother and sister were then assaulted.

Mr Van Breda is also facing charges of tampering with a crime scene.

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Nigerian Manchester United fans electrocuted watching match

Nigerian Manchester United fans electrocuted watching match

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Scores of people were watching the game in this viewing centre

At least seven people have died after an electric cable fell on fans watching a Manchester United match on TV in Nigeria, police say.

The high-tension cable fell on a crowded shack showing the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in the southern city of Calabar.

At least 30 people were taken to hospital by local ambulances and police who arrived quickly at the scene.

English football has a large and passionate following in Nigeria.

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Eyewitnesses describe hearing a loud explosion from an electrical transformer which caused the cable to fall.

One man told local media that the venue had a roof made out of zinc, which transferred the electricity to those inside.

An eyewitness told the BBC he had counted at least 16 bodies at the scene of the accident.

It has been reported that scores of fans managed to escape.

Manchester United has responded by tweeting its condolences to the victims and their families.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has also sent his condolences.

A statement from State House said Mr Buhari was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the tragic event.

The death of "the mostly young victims" the statement adds, "is a big blow not only to their families, but also to the football-loving nation".

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Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ bust leads to charges

Image copyright AFP Image caption Much of northern Nigeria is governed by Islamic law, or Sharia

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained.

The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May.

Homosexual acts are banned in socially conservative Nigeria and are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

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During a court appearance in Chediya-Zaria, the group pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to an unlawful society.

Defence lawyer Yunusa Umar said most of the accused were students and had been illegally detained for more than 24 hours, the local Premium Times newspaper reported.

Gay rights campaigners who have been in touch with people involved in the case told the BBC's Stephanie Hegarty in Lagos the accused were arrested at a birthday party, not a wedding.

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Media captionConviction of homosexual behaviour could lead to death by stoning

Nigeria has an influential Christian evangelical movement in the south and strong support for Islamic law in the north, both of which oppose homosexuality.

In January 2014, the Hisbah, or Islamic police, in Bauchi state raided several locations and arrested about a dozen men accused of sodomy acts.

Some of the men later appeared before a Sharia court for a bail hearing and an angry crowd gathered outside, demanding swift and severe punishment.

Stones were thrown at the court and the hearing was halted.

Police had to shoot in the air to disperse the mob and get the suspects back to prison safely, though there they are also vulnerable.

The ban on homosexuality, brought into effect in 2014, is used by some police officers and members of the public to legitimise abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

"Extortion, mob violence, arbitrary arrest, torture in detention, and physical and sexual violence" are common against people suspected of homosexual activities, HRW said in a 2016 report.

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Ethiopia rights body: ‘More than 600 protest deaths’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia rejected calls for independent investigations

Ethiopia's state-affiliated Human Rights Commission says 669 people died, including 63 policemen, in the wave of anti-government protests that began in November 2015.

International rights groups have said hundreds of people lost their lives in clashes between police and protesters.

The report praised security forces for showing restraint in some instances and blamed diaspora groups for the trouble.

Last year, the government imposed a state of emergency in response.

Activists from the Amhara and Oromia regions had been complaining about political and economic marginalisation.

The Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region also experienced some of the violent demonstrations.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters from Oromia and Amhara have been complaining about political and economic marginalisation

The report listed land rights, corruption, unemployment and bad governance as reasons for the widespread protests.

It blames the diaspora-based Oromo Media Network, and satellite TV channel, ESAT, for inciting the violence witnessed in August and October 2016, when hundreds were reportedly killed.

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The report praises security forces for showing restraint during a traditional celebration on 2 October last year when dozens died following a stampede.

It however recommends prosecution of some individual police officers for their actions, the following day, when dozens are believed to have been shot dead.

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Media captionEthiopia's prime minister said that his country is able to investigate

Earlier, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had for the first time rejected calls by the UN and EU for independent investigations into the deaths saying the country was able to carry out the investigations itself.

Mr Hailemariam told the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza that an investigation by the Human Rights Commission, a body created by the constitution, was the only way of dealing with the issue.

In the past, the government has disputed figures by international rights organisations saying that the security forces were responding to what were described as "anti-peace forces".

He said that the commission was an independent institution but admitted that it "lacked capacity" and said that it could be strengthened.

He added that Ethiopia's sovereignty should be respected and rejected the call for external investigations.

Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, last year called for international observers to investigate the killings after accusing security forces of using live ammunition against protesters in the Amhara and Oromia regions.

A call that was reiterated by the EU in October and repeated last week.


Flashpoints in Ethiopia protests:

6-7 August 2016: Rights groups say 'nearly 100 killed' in clashes 21 August 2016: Ethiopian runner in political protest at Rio Olympics 2 October 2016: At least 55 killed during protest at Oromo festival 9 October 2016: State of emergency declared

The prime minister also defended the state of emergency, imposed in October last year, saying it has brought "normalcy" to the country.

He said the recent four-month extension of the emergency law by parliament was "necessary to consolidate some of the gains that the state had achieved in instituting reforms".

Mr Hailemariam said that the government has been focussing on solving the unemployment issue, especially among the youth, which he admitted had "brought resentment".

He said that the thousands who were arrested in a nationwide crackdown were still being held in prison and will have to go though the judicial process.

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