After six long years, the wait for the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is almost over. It isn’t the feature film we were promised in 2014, but fans will be able to see Lupita Nyong’o play the book’s lead, Ifemelu, in a new mini-series on HBO Max. The announcement did not include a release date, but it’s a tease in every sense of the word.
The 10-episode HBO series is shaping up to be even better than expected. If Adichie and Nyong’o weren’t enough of a selling point, Americanah is tapping Black Panther’s Danai Gurira, along with Nyong’o, as executive producer.
The film adaptation cast Selma’s David Oyelowo as Obinze, Ifemelu’s love interest, but whether or not Oyelowo is involved with the new project remains a mystery.
Americanah won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013, proving there was an appetite for authentic stories written by African writers like Adichie.
The novel follows the love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, two Nigerian teenagers who are separated by their journeys to pursue an education in the West. Ifemelu heads for America, while Obinze moves to London, and the two must wrestle with their Blackness abroad without each other.
Reacting to the news, several Nigerians took to their respective Twitter platforms to air their various opinions about Oscar-winner, Lupita Nyong’o who will be playing the Nigerian character – Ifemelu.
Below are some of their reactions below;
Nigerians can really be entitled! Where were you guys when Lupita bought the rights to make a film adaptation of Chimamanda’s Americanah?pic.twitter.com/1SCfUxrvPE
— Odogwu Funds (@TweetAtAustin) September 14, 2019
There are more Novels, stories and historical incidents from Nigeria & Africa that can be adapted into movies. But no, Nollywood will keep recycling the same storylines. When Hollywood decides to tell the story, y’all start making demands. Nkechi should be picked over Lupita? 🤣
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@LifeOfRouvafe) September 14, 2019
Let’s settle this matter once and for all
Who do you think should play americanah for HBO?
Like for Genevieve nnanji
Retweet for lupita nyong’o pic.twitter.com/UvAH3pgo0f
— Akinbobola🇳🇬 (@ak_bob47) September 14, 2019
They need to stop doing this. We have fine actresses from Nigeria who can play these roles better. Lupita is good but try other people who are Nigerians. What, she’s going to be told or taught how to speak Half-baked Igbo instead of A real Nigerian? https://t.co/lo0eoPSjwL
— ALMOST A BILLIONAIRE (@MeetHajaar) September 14, 2019
Accent will be Lupita’s ONLY problem, if there’s a problem.
Everything, maybe except accent, will be the problem if it’s a Nigerian actress.
— San Junipero (@FadioraGbenga) September 14, 2019