Lupita Nyong’o is set for a screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. The Kenyan-Mexican Actress and Oscars Award winner revealed this on epic dinner organised in her honour by the Chimamanda on Saturday in Lagos.
Lupita Nyong’o was more thoughtful than many who the novel thrilled and bought the right for the screen adaption of Americanah in 2014.
If you haven’t read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, you must be owing to yourself a lot. Chimamanda was of the superclass in her narrative ability. So blunt with such difficult bravery and reality that may not be garnered by many authors to drive home their points and hold readers spellbound till they read the last word of the novel.
Americanah was highly educative and a good guide for those from Nigeria and of course beyond trying to make a trip to the UK and America. It is strictly a watchword for what love is all about, what it can do. Again the unfamiliar voice of African woman was recognised.
Lupita is to play the lead role, Ifemelu in the 10-episode series. last year the chosen role spark some sentiments from some Nigerians who thought the role should have been better played by a Nigerian actress, especially of Igbo extraction. However, they couldn’t substantiate the reason for such sentiment. many other Nigerians didn’t mind because a good actress, and Nyong’o at that, Oscar Award winner and Hollywood Actress must be able to adapt to play any role in a movie or series.
They were not wrong, Lupita admitted in Lagos it is a whole lot of challenge but she has started learning Igbo and Pidgin demanded by the role.
Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are the executive producers. It was revealed at the dinner that the 10-episode series will star Lupita Nyong’o (Ifemelu), Zackery Momoh (Obinze), Uzo Aduba (Aunt Uju) and Corey Hawkins while Danai Gurira will serve as the showrunner and writer. Chinonye Chukwu will direct the first two episodes.
Scenes from the series will be shot in Lagos.