Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira to Adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ to a TV miniseries

After taking over the silver screen in the blockbuster film, Black Panther, it has been reported that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira will reunite and take their talents to small screens!

According to, the duo will adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s critically acclaimed novel, “Americanah”, into a TV miniseries. Back in 2014, it was announced that Nyong’o will join forces with Selma star David Oyelowo to star in the series. Now the forthcoming series has found its writer; playwright and award-winning actress Danai Gurira!

The best-selling novel tells the story of two Nigerian immigrants, Ifemelu and Obinze, who face struggles but manage to rekindle their love on a journey of self-identity. During an interview with the New York Times, the acclaimed author opened up about the characters spirit and a desire to return home. “Ifemelu spends 13 years in the U.S. before moving back to Nigeria. I spent only four years in the U.S. before I went back, and have since lived in both countries,” Adiche said. “That is a significant difference, as much of Ifemelu’s characters is shaped by being disconnected from home for so long. I quite like that she is a female character who is not safe and easily likable, who is both strong and weak, both prickly and vulnerable.”

When the news of the “Americanah” first broke, it was reported that Brad Pitt will be producing through his production company, Plan B, along with Nyong’o and Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland). This will be the third time Nyong’o and Gurira will teaming up. Along with starring in Black Panther, Nyong’o starred in the Gurira-written play Eclipsed – which earned the 12 Year Slave actress her first Tony nomination.

There are no details on a release date for the long awaited project.

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