We recently heard Lupita Nyong’o has acquired Chimamanda’s Americanah to be made into a 10-episode series. That doesn’t sound so bad, huh?
Here is the update.
In 2014, Kenyan Movie star and Oscar award winner, Lupita Nyong’o announced she had just acquired rights to reproduce the Award Winning Novel as a Film along side Hollywood Star Brad Pitt but for a long time we didn’t hear anything.
Let’s fast forward to 2019/2020 and the dream is even closer and we can see some popular names have been cast for the production – Lupita surprized people when she declared on twitter that she would be playing ‘Ifemelu’. The news made rounds as Nigerians thought Uzo Aduba as ‘Aunty Uju’. Zachary Momoh as ‘Obinze’. And the latest announcement of Corey Hawkins playing ‘Blaine’.
Nyong’o’s Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira is also announced as the writer and show runner while Chinonye Chukwu, Nigerian-American filmmaker, will direct the first two episodes of the HBO Max TV series. According to Variety.com, the Americanah Mini-series is reported to premiere in 2020 on FX on Hulu.
For those who have not read the book, Americanah follows the beautiful story of Ifemelu, an attractive, self-assured young woman who grew up in the Nigerian military regime and is separated from her secondary school love Obinze as they both depart to the west – Ifemelu going to America. Despite the success in her education, she has to struggle with the challenges of being black. She falls in love with Blaine, a Yale Professor who is madly in love with her and is passionate about fighting for young black people. Her first love Obinze is unable to reunite with her and gets stranded in a plain undocumented life in London. You need to read it to love it!
However, It is not the first time Adichie’s work will be reaching the cinemas though. Her Novel, Half of a Yellow Sun was written for the screen and directed by Biyi Bandele in 2013 and featured the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.
What do you think? It’s a big win for Adichie and a giant win for the future of Nigerian Literature.
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