NOLLYWOOD: Kunle Afolayan To Adapt Classic African Novel Into Film
After Chimamanda's Americanah and Half Of A Yellow Sun and Wole Soyinka's The Lion And The Jewel got cinematic adaptations, another classic novel is getting the same treatment.
Ngugi Thiong'o's 1987 masterpiece, Matigari, is the next novel to get a movie adaptation.
Nollywood director, Kunle Afolayan, in a co-production with other undisclosed Kenyan and South African filmmakers are adapting the novel into a movie.
As one of the foremost living African novelists, Ngugi is best known for his novel, Weep Not, Child.
Originally written in Kikuyu and Swahili, Matigari follows the story of a patriot who ventures into to the forest in a bid to attack the colonisers and fight for the freedom of his land.
Speaking about this opportunity, Kunle Afolayan said: "Ngugi is like the Wole Soyinka of Nigeria in Kenya, and one of his books is going to be adapted into a film. It’s going to be South Africa-Kenya-Nigeria co-production, and I’m representing Nigeria."
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