Meet The 7 Year Old Nigerian Boy Who Featured Beyonce On Black Is King!

Beyonce’s Black Is King gave a lot of African artists a one of a kind opportunity to work closely with the star, whilst cementing their roles in the African film and Arts industry.


The African-artists-dominated film, premiered on the 31st of July this year and served as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, which was curated by Beyonce as the official soundtrack for the 2019 remake of the Disney Classic Lion King.

Over 20 notable artists from Africa featured on the star-studded video. From the props, the scenes, the characters and locations of the movie.

More than 9 SA artists were featured in the film. Nandi Madida, Late Mary Twala, John Kani, Trevor Sturrman, Moonchild Sanelly, Busiswa, and a few others made Mzansi proud.

While Nigeria was represented by Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Salatiel, Wizkid, and 96-year-old Nigerian actress Mojisola Odegbami who made her debut on the audiovisual album.
Meet The 7 Year Old Nigerian Boy Who Featured Beyonce On Black Is King!

But there’s one feature that grabbed our attention – of a 7-year-old Nigerian Boy called Folajomi Akinmurele.

The young Folajomi Akinmurele was recognized in Beyonce’s album with his role as Simba in the new release.

His unique acting skills earned him the role.

From Black Is King, Akinmurele starred as a young Simba who is driven out of his home by Scar and must embark on a journey of self-discovery.

The young boy beautifully portrayed his role of a young Simba at the start of his journey.

Folajomi Akinmurele also featured in another two of Beyonce’s music videos.

His first feature was in Beyoncé’s 2019 music video for Spirit.

He also featured in Don’t Jealous Me and Mood 4 Eva, which sees him wearing the same clothes as Jay-Z while confidently lip-syncing the lyrics.

It is reported that his acting debut impressed the global superstar so much so that she sought him out for her latest album.

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