Nigerian author who is also a pop culture enthusiast, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will be having her bestselling book, Americanah, adapted for the screen by HBO’s Warner Media. Popular Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyongo, will be playing the role of Ifemelu, the protagonist that the coming-of age and transatlantic Nigerian-American story revolves around.
According to the Warner Media’s press release, Americanah-adapted movie will be a 10-episode series and the screenplay was written by the enigmatic showrunner, Danai Gurira. It should be noted that Dania also wrote the plots for box office and very successful movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame.
Americanah is a postmodernist story that shows the struggle of fitting into a world that demands so much of us in all areas. In the book, Ifemelu leaves Nigerian and migrated to the US after the Nigerian education system failed her. Leaving the country was not so easy for her as she had to leave not just life and reinvent a new one, but also the love of her life, Obinze. That leaving would later come to hurt her and her teenage lover in many ways than one in the future.
When she gets to America, like many migrants like her, she battles with different cultural shocks and the racism that black people struggle with overseas. However, the protagonist, with the use of technology and blogging, found her voice and the reinvention that she seeks seems to have been achieved. In no distant time, emotions come running again, and the half-lived teenage love life, the longing of things never fully eaten, the need for self-validation, and the nostalgia of one long gone from home become the strong force that she contends with.
It is no wonder therefore that this impressive book will be coming on the screen as its plot, characterisation and themes have sparked many cultural discourses about race, immigration, technology, humanity, feminism, relationship, and most especially the politics of hair.
By: Dammy Eneli