Fresh off her US National Book Critics Circle win, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made news this weekend when she hinted that her latest novel, Americanah, may be adapted for the big screen.
During an interview with Arise Entertainment 360, Adichie played coy about a possible film, but did say Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o may have something to do with it.
“I’m going to do the mysterious thing and say that Lupita might be making an announcement very soon. I don’t know. That announcement might be about Americanah,” she told Arise’s Lola Ogunnaike.
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If Americanah does become a film it will be the second book by the Nigerian scribe to get the big screen treatment. Adichie’s second novel—Half of A Yellow Sun, centering on two sisters trying to cope with their country’s Biafran War—was made into film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton and hits theaters next month in the UK.
Honestly, I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but as someone who ADORED Americanah, I would love, love, love to see this story make the leap to the screen—just as long as its in capable hands (perhaps Andrew Dosunmu’s?).
The book, which follows Ifemelu and Obinze as they deal with love, immigration, fitting in (or not), and growing up, was both a critical and commercial hit, securing Adichie’s place as one of this generation’s most talented writers.
Since reading Americanah last summer, I’ve had several conversations about the book and who I would cast if a film version ever came about. Now it appears we may actually get the chance.
While Nyong’o might need to put on a little weight to play Ifemelu (who is described as being a little on the plump side at the beginning of the book), I wonder who would take on the roles of Obinze, Aunty Uju, the General, and Ifemelu’s over-the-top mother.