The long-gestating screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah” is moving forward. Nearly four years after Lupita Nyong’o first optioned the heartbreaking novel about love, race, and identity, Konbini confirms that the Oscar winner and her “Black Panther” co-star Danai Gurira are bringing “Americanah” to the small screen as a miniseries. Nyong’o will take on the role of Ifemelu, the novel’s protagonist, and Gurira will write the adaptation.
“Americanah” follows Ifemelu as she grows up in Nigeria, travels to the United States to attend college, builds her writing career, and returns home as an adult. Throughout her journey she grapples with questions of race and culture, and maintains an intense connection to her first love, Obinze.
The “Americanah” adaptation will mark Nyong’o and Gurira’s third collaboration. The duo can currently be seen as Nakia and Okoye,