Deadline is reporting that HBO Max has given the green light to Americanah, a long-time passion project of Lupita Nyong’o, based on the novel by Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Per the outlet, Nyong’o will star in and executive-produce the 10-episode limited series which will be written by Danai Gurira. The outlet continued:
Americanah tells the epic story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.
The book is hailed as an incredible exploration of the human experience that crosses three continents to give an empathetic, compelling view of the complex realities of race, politics, immigration and identity.
We can’t wait!