Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira get together for ‘Americanah’

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Los Angeles, Sep 14 (IANS) Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been roped in for the series “Americanah”, which will tell story of a Nigerian woman on a journey of self-discovery in the US.

Danai Gurira, who worked with Nyong’o in “Black Panther”, will serve as showrunner of the limited series on the upcoming video-on-demand service HBO Max, reports “”.

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“Americanah” is based on the bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The 10-episode series tells the story of a woman (Nyong’o) born in Nigeria. She leaves for America and it chronicles her extraordinary experiences with love, heartache, adversity and self-discovery.

“‘Americanah’ has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamanda’s beautiful novel in 2013. It’s a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless. HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life, and I’m thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit and understanding of the stories and the worlds of ‘Americanah’,” Nyong’o said.

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Gurira feels honoured to adapt the book.

“Through ‘Americanah’, Chimamanda brought the African female voice into mainstream consciousness in an unprecedented way,” said Gurira.

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“It is intellectually incisive, indicting, yet full of humour, and riddled with humanity. She makes unheard voices familiar, universal and yet palpably specific. I am honoured to bring her incredible novel to life on the screen. I’m thrilled to collaborate once again with Lupita, who brings her astounding ability as a performer and producer shepherding this project,” she added.

Gurira and Nyong’o will executive produce the series along with Plan B Entertainment, Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Television, Didi Rea and Danielle Del for D2 Productions and Nancy Won.



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