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The Indaba Show: Hakeem Kae-Kazim on his directorial debut with ‘It’s the Blackness’

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Nigerian-British actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim is the guest on the Indaba Show this week with host Steven Taylor as he speaks on his acting career and his exciting new journey in directing movies. 

Kae-Kazim is best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his role as Captain Jocard in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Taking on a new type of role in the industry, he directed his first movie called It’s the Blackness last year and is set to land in United Kingdom (UK) cinemas in June or July. 

“My next chapter for me is a directorial one. I’m just directing my first movie, my directorial debut. Now I can call myself a director, can you believe it?” he said. 

Written by newcomer Dapo Oshiyemi, the movie follows two ambitious graduates from an elite university who must navigate institutional and structural racism. 

“I was a bit nervous initially, but I enjoyed the process. I love directing the actors, I loved having the vision for the whole piece. I love being able to put that together,” he said. 

Kae-Kazim was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent his early years before his family relocated to London, England. 

It was in the UK at the age of 15 where he started taking an interest in acting. He attended the National Youth Theatre which was a summer program for children. 

“It was a fantastic four or five weeks of summer meeting all these kids from all over the United States and all over the UK, and just having a lot of fun,” he said.

Written by: Kelly-Jane Turner

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