Lupita Nyong’o Options Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah


Let the church say, “Yas.”

Right on the heels of her Oscar win for 12 Years a SlaveLupita Nyong’o has optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel Americanah. (You should read it by the way) If you don’t know, she’s the Nigerian author who was sampled in Beyonce’s “Flawless”. See the full TED talk here.

Americanah tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who moves to the States for school and her relationship and challenges with her home country. The book was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review and won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for its fiction category.

“Lupita was a very early fan of Americanah. And so before she was sort of well-known in the way that she is now, she wrote me … the loveliest email, a very long and passionate email about Americanah,” Adichie said.

Earlier this year, Adichie dropped hints on a possible project with Nyongo, but didn’t go into detail.

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Americanah will be Adichie’s second book adapted for the silver screen. Currently, Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun is playing in theaters and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

Keeping our fingers crossed that Nyong’o will be playing the book’s protagonist, Ifemelu.


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