K'naan Warsame

K’naan Warsame

*HBO has ordered the pilot “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” described as a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American among the Somalis of Minneapolis.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow will executive produce alongside Somali Canadian rapper-singer-songwriter-poet K’naan Warsame, who will pen the script, exec produce and direct the pilot.

The project was first announced in December as a drama set to “draw open an iron curtain behind which viewers will see the highly impenetrable world of Jihadi recruitment.”

Warsame, once romantically linked to Lupita Nyong’o, was born in 1978 in Mogadishu and spent his childhood there until the age of 13, when he and his mother and two siblings moved to the United States. They stayed in New York for half a year before relocating to Toronto, Canada, where K’naan’s dad had moved earlier to pursue work as a taxi driver.