The Star (Nairobi)

7 July 2014

Kenya: Confirmed - Lupita to Star in Americanah

Photo: DuJour Magazine
Lupita Nyong'o.

Details for the next project for the Oscar award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o are out.

Lupita has been confirmed to star in and produce an adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's acclaimed novel Americanah. The film will be made by Brad Pitt's company Plan B -- the same producers of the 12 Years a Slave, which won her an Oscar in February.

Americanah centres on the life of two Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love but find themselves separated by immigration issues. In a statement, Lupita said it was an "honour to bring Adichie's brilliant book to the screen".

"Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze's stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humour and heart," she said.

Adichie's award-winning novels include Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, which was recently made into a film starring Thandie Newton and 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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