Chinonye Chukwu the Nigerian-America Director of the Sundance award-winning film Clemency, is set to direct the first two episodes of the upcoming limited series Americanah, starring Lupita Nyong'o, based on the novel Americanah written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The 10-episode limited series is optioned by Lupita Nyong’o and to be produced by HBO Max with Danai Gurira as the script writer.
The Americanah series will be executive-produced by Gurira, Nyong’o for Eba Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Television, Didi Rea and Danielle Del for D2 Productions, and Nancy Won and Erika L. Johnson.
Chinonye Chukwu is the award-winning filmmaker, behind the film Clemency, which won the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, making her the first Black woman to win the award.
The cast includes Nyong’o as Ifemelu, Uzo Aduba Aunty Uju, and Zachary Momoh as Obinze.
Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu , a 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. Obinze hopes to join her, but later plunges into an unknown life.