Lupita Nyong’o Optioned Film Rights to Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah. WIN!
If you all need me, I’ll be laid out at the altar because my heart just couldn’t take the awesomeness. IndieWire confirmed that my main boo Lupita Nyong’o optioned the film rights for my other boo and Naija sisthren Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book Americanah!
I read the book in ONE DAY last year and it’s 608 pages! It was that good and I felt that connected to it. Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu, a girl born in Nigeria to a well-off family. She comes to the United States and becomes a culture blogger when her views on race become clearer when she experiences life where Black is no longer the default.
YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE WHEN YOU CLEARLY DO!!!
Chimamanda was telling MY story. Her journey felt so familiar in many ways and Ifemelu’s name is even similar to mine. Listen. Do they need an understudy? I can’t act my way out of a room but I can play myself. Does Ifemelu need a BFF? Can I just stand on the set and bring snacks to Lupita between takes? I’m cool with that too.
Seriously. I don die of the perfects. This is everything. EVERYTHINGGGGG!!! I am so excited about this collaboration and I cannot wait to see it come to fruition. I wonder who’s going to play Obinze (aka Ceiling).
I feel like Chimamanda is my spirit twin and I cannot wait to meet her one day and let her know how amazing she is. She says stuff like “I think it’s very important for brilliant women to step out there and be hot babes.” LOVE HER for being unapologetically her.
Her other books Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus are also full of great. In fact, the Half of a Yellow Sun film (starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor) is in limited release right now. I’m so thirsty to watch it. As soon as it comes to Chicago, I’ma be in the theater. I can also go to New York to see it. I am able and willing!
Chimamanda makes this child of Naija proud, man. Correct somebody like this. WERK! If you haven’t checked out her TED Talk on We Should All Be Feminists, do so.
P.S. I owe y’all a review of Americanah. I’m going to read it again and write about it so all the details are fresh in my mind. Long story short: YESSSSS!!! Have y’all read it? If you haven’t go read it!
P.P.S. WHOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!! That is all.