In a story from The Hollywood Reporter it seems that Focus Features is putting together a movie about the life of Fela Kuti. Kuti was a Nigerian musician who also dabbled heavily in politics.
Kuti is largely given credit for creating a musical style known as Afrobeat. He was often put in jail for speaking out against the Nigerian government. He passed away in 1997.
Focus recently picked up Michael Veal's book Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon.