'Americanah' Will Be an HBO Sequence Starring Lupita Nyong'o

After six lengthy years, the look ahead to the difference of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is nearly over. It is not the characteristic movie we had been promised in 2014, however followers will be capable of see Lupita Nyong'o play the e-book's lead, Ifemelu, in a brand new mini-series on HBO Max. The announcement didn't embody a launch date, however it's a tease in each sense of the phrase.

The 10 episode HBO collection is shaping as much as be even higher than anticipated. If Adichie and Nyong'o weren't sufficient of a promoting level, Americanah is tapping Black Panther's Danai Gurira, together with Nyong'o, as government producer. The movie adaptation solid Selma's David Oyelowo as Obinze, Ifemelu's love curiosity, however whether or not or not Oyelowo is concerned with the brand new venture stays a thriller.

Americanah received the Nationwide E-book Critics Circle Award in 2013, proving there was an urge for food for genuine tales written by African writers like Adichie. The novel follows the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two Nigerian youngsters who're separated by their journeys to pursue an training within the West. Ifemelu heads for America, whereas Obinze strikes to London, and the 2 should wrestle with their Blackness overseas with out one another. Adichie, Nyong'o, and Gurira's involvement in Americanah is a welcome change in storytelling within the mainstream. From a Western perspective, African tales are sometimes framed as monolithic, as a substitute of nuanced depictions that adjust from nation to nation. Americanah tells a Nigerian love story from that perspective, and for that it appears poised to usher in a wave of literature and tv that creates extra space for African writers.

Kristin Corry is a workers author for VICE.

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