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Watch this Beautiful Concept Film for Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah

Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah
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“Most people don’t know what it means to be happy.”

“Are you happy?”

“I’m not like most people.”

“What makes you happy?”


I recently stumbled on this concept trailer while surfing YouTube days ago. The trailer and film which was produced by¬†55Media is based on Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, adapted and directed by Uche Aguh in 2017. While I love the concept film — as it brought back nostalgia in waves (and I’m definitely reading the novel for the seventh time, haha!) I noticed a few careless inconsistencies. One of which is that Isio Esiekpe, the woman who plays Ifemelu is skinny here as opposed to the full-figured Ifemelu of the book. She is also wearing a wig rather than sporting an afro. How could the director have missed that? Also, Obinze can’t even pronounce Ifem’s name well.

But hey, it’s a cute, lovely film and I think you should totally watch it. “Three vast continents, two revolutionary lovers, one epic story.”

What do you think?

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