Since her Oscar-winning role as Patsey in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave', Lupita Nyong'o has  gone on to star in ground-breaking films — from the Oscar-nominated 'Black Panther' to the record-breaking 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'

She recently acquired the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's third novel, ''Americanah'', which she plans to make into a miniseries in Hollywood.

In a recent interview, the Kenyan born actress revealed that form many years she disturbed Chimamanda for the rights to ''Americanah''.

"In fact, just before 12 Years came out, I pre-ordered that book and I could not put it down. To see an African woman whose identity was in a flux in the way that Ifemelu’s is in the book just spoke so deeply to me. I could not stop thinking about it so I immediately contacted her.

''I had no stars or stripes to my name except, ‘I’m an actress from Kenya and I read your book and I love it and I’m going to be in this movie called 12 Years a Slave.’ I had no idea what that meant anyway, but I knew I wanted to make this."

Tony-nominated playwright and 'Black Panther' star, Danai Gurira is currently working on writing the screenplay for the 'Americanah' miniseries, for which she and Lupita visited Lagos last year for research.

Movie fans can’t wait to see how she will bring the Nigerian author’s book to life.


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