One of Chimamanda Adichie’s short stories will be adapted into a film and the music director of choice is, Ghanaian rapper, M.anifest.
“On Monday of Last Week” is a short story from Adichie’s book The Thing Around Your Neck and will be directed by Ghanaian-American producer and filmmaker, Akosua Adoma Owusu.
Akosua obtained the film adaptation rights to Chimamanda Adichie’s book which will be produced under her production house, Obibini Pictures.
Nigerian actress Chinasa Ogbuagu, from Sojourners will play the lead character of Kamara.
Kamara is a babysitter to a middle-school-aged son of a wealthy American couple whose parents are extremely busy. With an artist mum and an over-protective dad.
The storyline is plotted in feminism, immigration, and family.
On why she chose the story, Owusu shared:
I was inspired to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story On Monday of Last Week after living in Ghana for two years promoting Kwaku Ananse, a coming of age film adaptation of popular mythology from Africa and the African diaspora.
This film was my first attempt at making a fiction narrative short. Traveling to festivals and museum institutions around the world, I was compelled to return to the States and create a new work by adapting literature from contemporary African writers.
The themes of race, liberalism and sexuality in Adichie’s short story On Monday of Last Week resonated with my films on the “triple consciousness” of the African immigrant as I transition between experimental cinema, fine art and African tradition to complicate the nature of identity.
On Monday of Last Week is very much in line with themes I’ve explored in previous works, specifically conventional beauty and identity, including my award-winning short Me Broni Ba (2009) and my forthcoming feature Black Sunshine.
While we might be too busy to read a book at the moment, we look forward to Adichie’s new work with eagerness.