Over the past couple of months, we’ve been reporting on the progress of the long-awaited adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah. First, we learnt that the novel is being made into a miniseries; then, it was announced that Danai Gurira is writing the screenplay.
While it's been almost four years since Lupita Nyong'o first announced her plans to adapt the novel, it's great to know that the wheels are finally in motion. It was even recently revealed that both she and Gurira were in Nigeria for a little reconnaissance mission.
Although there were rumblings of both stars being seen around Lagos, nothing had actually been confirmed until yesterday. During an interview on The Ellen Show — in anticipation of the release of Avengers: Infinity War — Gurira spoke about her trip.
Speaking about why she was in Nigeria, she said:
"I was researching. I'm a writer and I was researching something that I'm adapting into a miniseries. The book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called 'Americanah'."
It's definitely a relief that although neither Gurira or Nyong'o are of Nigerian descent (the former is Zimbabwean and the latter is Kenyan), they are both doing their homework to ensure that the adaptation is as authentic as possible.
During the rest of the interview, Gurira also addressed the rumours of an all-female Avengers movie, discussed her work as a Tony-nominated playwright, and revealed what life has been like post-Black Panther.
About getting recognized when she was in Nigeria, she said:
"I was in this very small town in a small hotel, and I was just walking across the breakfast room to get a cup of tea.
Then, this man, he was probably around 60 or so, looked up and went, 'GENERAL'. That was surprising."
You can watch the full interview below: