According to reports by Variety, Oscar-winning actress and “12 Years A Slave” star,  Lupita Nyong’o and Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo are to star in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah novel.

Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, a pair who left Nigeria for the United States of America and the United Kingdom, respectively. As immigrants, the pair were faced with a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.

Lupita was already part of the film’s cast since June but Oyelowo was recently added to it after starring in Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, and Selma, for which he has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.

Speaking about the project, the Mexican-born actress said: “It is such an honour to have the opportunity to bring Ms Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen.” Nyong’o continued, “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.”

The film will be produced by Brad Pitt through is Plan B production banner along with Andrea Calderwood and Lupita Nyong’o. The film is now looking to attach a writer and director with no production start date set yet, reports Variety.

ALSO SEE: Chimamanda Adichie In Paris For Americanah.


  1. My two favourite African women. Making waves in the international scenes. Beauty and brains, a great combination they both have. Kudos @LupitaNyongo and @chimamandaAdichie. So proud of you guys!

  2. Congrats to both of you especially Lupita Nyong’o. While the likes of Omotola and Genevieve call themselves the biggest stars from one of the worlds largest film industry, they cannot dream of with you have achieved with very few films to your name. But these two pompous women have featured in hundreds of movies and remains local and unknown in the international scene. That’s what happens when you work in a mediocre industry that is known for quantity and zero quality and also have no plans of stepping up your game.

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