Coming to America 2 to be released in August 2020

The hotly-anticipated sequel to 1988’s ‘Coming to America’ has been given an official release date of August 7, 2020, exciting Eddie Murphy fans everywhere.

Murphy has been confirmed to return to his role as Prince Akeem but it is not yet known whether the film’s other stars including James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Arsenio Hall will return to their roles.

Craig Brewer is set to direct the sequel to the 1988 comedy, in which Eddie plays Prince Akeem, the prince of a fictional African country who travels to America to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife.

In a statement, Murphy said of Brewer’s appointment: “After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that ‘Coming to America 2’ is officially moving forward. We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on ‘Dolemite [Is My Name]’, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”

‘Black-ish’s Kenya Barris will rewrite a script by ‘Coming to America’ original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Barris added: “Craig’s ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life. From ‘Hustle & Flow’ to his work with Eddie on ‘Dolemite Is My Name’, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

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  1. Avatar NEO_KENYAN August 14th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    If you want a break – resign.

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Exactly! Politics is about debates but certainly not what you want to chew!!!!

      1. Avatar Duncan Muchina August 15th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Some debates are stupid and a waste of time.

        1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 17th, 2013 at 11:38 am

          Especially when they run counter to our selfishness!!!!

  2. Avatar marloow August 14th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    In his seminal work Things Fall Apart, Nigerian Chinua Achebe wrote that ” a frog does not hop around in broad daylight”.

    The rather visceral and jumpy reaction by Mr. Kenyatta to the proposal that calls for continued devolution of power speaks to someone who is afraid of the proposal and what it does to their base AND hold on power.

    The proposal of a system of electioneering that apportions equal voting power to voting blocks that are numerically inferior…thus subject to the “tyranny of numbers” threatens to dilute the power of the numerically superior voting blocks…something that white Americans continue to experience here in America.

    The fore-going specter is what makes Uhuru afraid and nervous. I would suggest to him that rather than fight the inevitable “post-tribal” Kenyan society, he, Mr. Kenyatta should embrace the trend and craft an agenda and coalition that appeals – not to the narrow sliver of the voters he garnered in 2012 – but to a broader cross-section of Kenya.
    Republicans here in the US benefitted from their “tyranny of numbers” because their voting base – whites – had the historical numerical advantage. Well that has continued to change dramatically with the “browning” of America. President Obama, someone whose style this 50-something Kenyan president has tried to emulate was re-elected on the strength of his coalition and appeal across a fairly broad cross-section of Americans – black, white, Hispanics, Asian etc.

    1. Avatar markbatess August 15th, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Ujinga ni Odinga. Why would a numerically advantaged position give up that advantage? But, look at Kidero(Luo) vs Watitu(Kikuyu). Kikuyu voters elected Kidero. Mboya (Luo) vs Rubia (Kikuyu). Kikuyu voters elected Mboya. Change that message of “41 against 1” and the messenger Odinga. And maybe you will gain support. If the voters reject you, you do NOT take away their vote. You change your message!

      1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Its not about Raila. Its about majority of Kenyans! Do remember jubilee government is about two tribe affair! Without complete fairness getting jettisoned becomes a major possibility. Think pal, narrowness is out of question here!

        1. Avatar [email protected] August 15th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

          repetitive notion being peddled that Jubilee was voted by two tribes only is a
          mere travesty designed to appear factual. The truth is, the last general
          election was tribal across both divides.

          1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

            Aparthied was NOT a two way affair, though I have noticed you are coiling and recoiling while confirming my assertions!!!!

          2. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 17th, 2013 at 11:39 am

            You cant get it!!!!

          3. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

            Yeah because your doctrine is too abstract to comprehend. Make it more plain. Then our discussion will attain what is called “meeting of minds”

          4. Avatar marloow August 15th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

            can u prove the claim that Jubilee’s victory was not driven by 2 communities?
            I can prove that it was primarily driven by the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin votes….using data from the paragon of competence…IEBC…

          5. Avatar [email protected] August 16th, 2013 at 11:19 am

            Your point is palatable on the face but
            its too generalized and unreal. While I agree with you that the bulk of
            Jubilee votes came from Kikuyu and Kalenjin, Jubilee also got quite a
            substantial votes from Meru, Maasai, Turkana, Kisii, Taita, Samburu, Somali’s;… to name but a few.

          6. Avatar marloow August 16th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

            Sam: not sure how “generalized” my point is…because I used data from none other than the IEBC:

            I do agree with your assertion that Jubilee got the Embu and Meru votes…but you also do realize that as go the G/Kikuyu vote…so does the Embu and Meru vote hence GEMA.

            Similarly, the Kalenjin is a term for a collection of at least 10 sub-groups that used to be referred as the “Nandi-speaking tribes” who created a singular tribal ID for themselves to gain political power from their numbers.

            CORD’s vote was across a wider swath of the nation – tribal and regional – than was Jubilee’s…even if you breakdown GEMA and Kalenjin into the subgroups as you have tried to do..

          7. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

            Cord was not a saint either. Its vote rich basket christened “stronghold” comprised of Luo, Kamba and Luhya votes. The rest was a conglomerate of smaller tribes which was distributed between the two coalitions with CORD taking a bigger share. So lets Stop beatifying one coalition and vilifying the other. We also know that there were alignments and realigments across the two camps in the precursor to March 4th elections.

          8. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 17th, 2013 at 11:35 am

            Fictitious tyrany numbers was about what, … forgotten??

        2. Avatar Daniel Gitari August 16th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

          among these tribes in kenya, which 2 tribes are u referring to???

          Kalenjin, Elgeyo, Kipsigis,Marakwet, Nandi, Pokot, Sabaot, Terik, Tugen, Kikuyu, Meru, Embu, Kisii, Kuria, Maasai, Sengwer, Miji Kenda,Luhya, Bukusu, Marama, Tachoni, Maragoli, Isukha, Chonyi, Digo, Duruma,Giriama, Jibana, Kamba, Kauma, Ribe, Rabai, Orma, Pokomo, Samburu, Somali,Swahili, Taita, Taveta, Turkana, Rendile, Okiek Oromo and Luo, Kamba,

          1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 17th, 2013 at 11:34 am

            A dog trying to hold on to a bone that was never his in the first place can even bite! You know the naked truth but you are now trying to coil and recoil!!!!

        3. Avatar Daniel Gitari August 16th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

          among these tribes in kenya, which 2 tribes are you referring to???

          Kalenjin, Elgeyo, Kipsigis, Marakwet, Nandi, Pokot, Sabaot, Terik, Tugen, Kikuyu, Meru, Embu, Kisii, Kuria, Maasai, Sengwer, Miji Kenda,Luhya, Bukusu, Marama, Tachoni, Maragoli, Isukha, Chonyi, Digo, Duruma,Giriama, Jibana, Kamba, Kauma, Ribe, Rabai, Orma, Pokomo, Samburu, Somali,Swahili, Taita, Taveta, Turkana, Rendile, Okiek, Oromo, Luo and Kamba

    2. Avatar Duncan Muchina August 15th, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Why don’t you get some good education yourself…maybe studying Kenyan history…..

      1. Avatar marloow August 15th, 2013 at 3:52 am

        I actually have a pretty good educational background…from some of the best institutions in Kenya and in the US. I have also have spent the last 2yrs studying Kenya’s history…reading from a fairly broad cross-section of historians so I am fairly confident in my analysis…tho’ I am also very open to being challenged and proved wrong…
        Have at it…

        1. Avatar Duncan Muchina August 15th, 2013 at 5:55 am

          Fair enough. You are
          well educated to know your craft then but you seem to be comparing Kenya to the
          US, a very unbalanced comparison. The levels of understanding and expectations
          are way too far apart. In the US, folks listen to your ideas then decide but
          you must also be aligned to the right party, either GOP or Dem. It matters little
          what your ideas are, if you belong to neither party. In Kenya we have a system
          that has the two big tribes at the helm and coalitions with other tribes will
          always be the deciding factor in any election past or future. Rather than
          calling for a referendum to change the Katiba, crafting a broader coalition is
          the surest way of staying in the game and maybe, winning.

          1. Avatar marloow August 15th, 2013 at 7:45 am

            Bw. Macharia,

            I am not sure what you mean “unbalanced
            comparison”…can you explain?

            Kenya and Kenyans are a proud and
            independent people. They are capable and well-travelled. They have seen the best
            practices in business, governance etc. throughout the world yet they still accept
            behaviors and performances that have law enforcement personnel trying to douse
            an inferno at JKIA using plastic buckets and containers because they are “our
            sons”! Your perspective is aimed at retaining the status quo.

            In the US, the GOP and Democrats are
            neither the “right” nor the “wrong” parties, they are the major political
            parties and the party platforms i.e. ideas at the party convention DO matter…depending
            on the strength of the base promoting/supporting said ideas The US also has
            legislative maneuvers that allow the smaller parties or independents to check
            the powers of the major ones – GOP and Democrats- the filibuster comes to mind.

            In Kenya, the ideas DO NOT matter as
            much as the tribe does. This has been particularly evidenced over the last 5yrs
            since the PEV of 2007. That Kenyans from the 2 most populous communities elected
            into office a duo facing charges of crimes against humanity proves just that:
            Tribal loyalty trumps poor governance and criminal behavior.

            The one way to dilute the power of
            the numerically and financially superior tribes in Kenya is by enacting
            legislation that protects the small/fringe tribes from being co-opted or
            trampled by the bigger/established/wealthier tribes: That would be a system that
            gives as much power to the minor tribes as it does to the major ones or some
            variation of that.

          2. Avatar lukawanjohi August 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am

            I disagree with the notion that Kenyans are well travelled. Only a small fraction compared to the eligible voting population. Its unfair to compare Kenya and America. Politicians are insincere, we have folks who rejected this constitution now implementing it and folks who campaigned for the constitution now calling for change. I did not vote for Uhuru but I want to give him chance. Let Raila find a different way of convincing me that he deserves my vote

          3. Avatar Duncan Muchina August 15th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

            Exactly!…educate the lost guy. He has lost touch with his motherland….so sad.

          4. Avatar marloow August 15th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

   you are just being silly..with such childish really are in no position to characterize my perspective as “lost” or needing “education”…just because it is different from yours..

          5. Avatar Duncan Muchina August 16th, 2013 at 1:21 am

            Something about you reminds me of bone marrow..that’s beside the point anyway. So you think am being silly for calling for your education? It’s the way you argue that testifies to that. You have lived abroad for far too long brother.

          6. Avatar marloow August 16th, 2013 at 1:47 am

            Duncan, those who cannot sustain an argument or discussion in a coherent and cogent manner resort to name-calling and quips that make sense…only to them. What does the quip “something about me reminds you of a bone marrow” even mean?

            And what about the way I argue “testifies” to your quip “calling for my education?”

            A healthy and productive exchange of ideas is the only way to build the Kenya we ALL want. I will gladly concede to your ideas if you can convince me and a majority of the substance of your idea. Just because I have lived abroad for a long time does not diminish my perspective…I think that is an easy way out for someone who cannot sustain an argument.

          7. Avatar marloow August 15th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

            Luka: Let
            me clarify myself: There are enough Kenyans in positions of leadership who have
            travelled all over the world and seen best practices in areas of governance to
            make a difference. Our current president studied at one of the best
            institutions in the US: Amherst. He was 2hrs away from some of the premier
            learning institutions in the world – Harvard, Yale, Princeton etc. yet he is
            now facing charges at The Hague!

            You are right: politicians are “insincere”…but they are a reflection of the very people who elect them into office….you and me…so what does that make us? It is also the art of the possible and is dynamic…ever-changing…especially in the internet era…the digital duo should know that!

            Why not benchmark ourselves with the best, not necessarily the US…but other less incompetent, less corrupt and well-run governments? Would it make you feel better to say that “at least Kenya is better than Somalia” or to say that “Kenya’s PEV of 2007 only killed 1300 people and displaced 500,000…not like Rwanda’s”?

            It is such rationalization and insular thinking that has created the developmental gap between Kenya and say Singapore, South Korea, Brazil etc….all countries that were comparable to one another in the late 60s/early 70s….

          8. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:51 am

            You are right. Those who have used state power to enrich themselves have ganged up to exclude others. And instead president Uhuru addressing that serious problem, he pretends his government is being sabotaged by those urging for change! Sure, nothing will stop Kenyans from getting the best from their motherland!!

          9. Avatar Lucy August 16th, 2013 at 12:41 am

            what change are you talking about? Kenyans decided. Raila can wait for 2017 if the kenyans will favour him for presidency. wonder what kind of president he can make.

          10. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 17th, 2013 at 11:49 am

            Tripple fake tyrany numbers never met the aspirations of Kenyans!!!!

  3. Avatar markbatess August 15th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Kenyans only vote once in 5 years! So while we generally fire 70% of our MP’s, it takes 5 years to fire those MP’s. And the point of this is to further remove from Kenyans their only vote?
    And we need a refund from those who told us to support the constitution. It is called warranty.

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Referendum has nothing to do with firing anybody. Its about testing the popular will of the people. Perhaps, you need to come to terms with that reality!

      1. Avatar Daniel Gitari August 16th, 2013 at 11:41 am

        en how many billions will it cost tax payers?

  4. Avatar marloow August 15th, 2013 at 1:57 am

    @ markbatess: Not sure what the line “ujinga ni Odinga” means nor its intention(s)…but be that as it may,you raise some interesting points to which I say:

    1) Kidero was NOT elected governor by a majority Kikuyu because Nairobi is NOT a majority Kikuyu polity…but a reflection of the entire country of Kenya hence an amalgam of all its tribes. The same applies to Mboya’s election as MP; methinks in both Makadara and Kamukunji: Both were driven not by a Kikuyu electorate, but by an atribal coalition of Kenyans who were sold on TJ’s message and atribal approach to governance after independence.

    CORD carried Nairobi and Mombasa…the 2 most populous BUT cosmopolitan cities in
    Kenya…that should tell you something about the message of the 2 parties.

    2) While I agree that the numerical advantage now belongs to Uhuru/Ruto…the fact is that said advantage stems from 2 communities…just like the numerical advantage Republicans had here in the US stemmed from the white majority. In the short run, these may win the elections but just as the tide has turned against the white ethnocentric voting bloc, so it will against the tribal/ethnocentric voting blocs of Kikuyu and Kalenjin. Just look at the 2012 election map and you will see that Jubilee’s support was concentrated in two regions/communities…while CORD’s was spread out throughout the country…just as was the US voting pattern of 2012.

    Kenyatta has a head start for 2017 as the incumbent and the inherent trappings not to
    mention his pedigree (tho’ with the recent revelations of his father’s authoritarianism
    and corrupt & tribal style of governance, one wonders how much cache the
    Kenyatta name has left). He also has deep pockets courtesy if ill-gotten gains.
    If he can survive the ICC and retain his alliance with Ruto…he is a shoo-in in
    2017…but that is a lot of “ifs”…

    Odinga/CORD should continue to be the loyal opposition and spread the message of/for
    devolution and a system of voting that mitigates the tyranny of the majority….because
    that is where Kenya is headed…like it or not.

  5. Avatar mary nyakoa August 15th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    i wonder whats wrong with the african leaders mr Amollo being one of them! Why do you like complicating things in most cases and bringing a lot of confusion in the country. You were the first to bring about the amendment of this constitution and right again you are the one proposing the constitution again to be reviewed No wonder your coalition is fit for the new name “Coalition for retired Men” so mr why dont you just relax and enjoy yo salary and you retirement benefits at peace and the same to your collegues. Yes you have done alot for kenya, just go home in peace and you will be honoure other than being like a tick in many peoples clothes!

  6. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    With an exclusive club type government representing so few, it would be impossible to hold against the tide. We need to be extremely inclusive. Otherwise, any other stuff wont take us anywhere at all!

  7. Avatar [email protected] August 15th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Bitterness, pain of yester losses and
    indefinite criticism will not take this country forward. Let us therefore give
    the President and his young government a break. He did not inherit a heaven but
    a country that is facing democracy challenges, whose remedy is not a magical turnround or a day’s cure. Delivery of this country from its deep rooted problems requires
    time and cordial support from all. For this cause the president needs our
    support not cynicism and constant scorning.

    1. Avatar Lucy August 16th, 2013 at 12:31 am

      Yes indeed, i have no personal grudge for Raila, but i do not like the way he behaves, As for his followers like Millie Odthiambo who is always by his side, Plis wake up and lets build new Kenya. Can we for Gods sake do this?


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