HBO Max picks up Americanah

By Content Nigeria reporter
September 20, 2019

Danai Gurira (left) and Lupita Nyong’o

The TV adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah has been picked up by upcoming US-based streaming service HBO Max.

The series has received a straight-to-series order from the SVoD platform, soon to be launched by AT&T-owned WarnerMedia as a rival to Netflix and Amazon Prime, and will be a limited series with 10 episodes.

The series is based on Adichie’s best-selling novel of the same name and will star Lupita Nyong’o. It tells the story of a woman born in Nigeria and her experiences upon moving to the US.

The series has been adapted from the 2013 novel by Danai Gurira, who also executive produces alongside Nyong’o for Eba Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Television, Didi Rea and Danielle Del for D2 Productions and Nancy Won.

Head of original content for HBO Max, Sarah Aubrey said: “Americanah has sparked a cultural phenomenon and is revered by fans around the world. It has affected me deeply as one of the most moving, socially relevant and romantic stories of our time.

“With exceptional talent like Lupita and Danai in front of and behind the camera, this series will give viewers a uniquely heartfelt and unforgettable experience.”