The book ‘Americanah’ written by Chimanda Ngozie is being adapted into a ten episode movie with Lupita Nyong’o playing the role as Ifemelu. The nickname ‘Americanah’ is often given to Nigerians who were born and bred in America, and who think and behave in a way which is influenced by several years spent in the states.
The writer has shared her experience writing the book and expressed how she related with the experiences of the story. “I think the book freed me. I was able to talk about immigrants from Africa who for once are not escaping war or poverty, but simply want more; those who have dreams, in the way that human beings have had for centuries,” Chimamanda revealed.
Americanah is a novel that emphasizes a desire that is at the same time an impossible affliction; to be free, but tethered by safety. The 2013 best seller follows the love story of two Nigerian teenager, Ifemelu and Obinze who are separated on their journey to pursue education in the West.
The girl goes to America whole the boy goes to the UK. They both have to later deal with being black abroad. The scope of the novel addresses Ifemelu, an outspoken and determined woman whose personal goals are sometimes driven by intellectual narcissism.
Chimanda Ngozie is a Nigerian feminist and author with several best selling books to her name some of which include, Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
We will keep you posted on the date and time of release when it is out.