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Ejiofor to Play Patrice Lumumba

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor is returning to his stage roots next summer, when he'll play the Congolese nationalist hero Patrice Lumumba, in poet and political activist Aimé Césaire's play, "A Season in the Congo," at the Old Vic in London, next summer.

Lumumba was the first prime minister of the newly independent Congo after its release from colonialist Belgian rule. However, his plans for the future of the country were considered too radical and threatening by some, and he was overthrown in a coup, and assassinated in 1961 in a CIA-backed plot.

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