From J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Porter, Hollywood has a history of making movie adaptations of books that were greatly enjoyed by readers.
In Nigeria, the same is the case; Nollywood can boast of movies adapted from books by various Nigerian writers.
Here are 9 books by Nigerian authors that have been adapted into movies.
If you are familiar with movies that are book adaptations, Half of a Yellow Sun would be the example that would come to mind if you had to think of one.
This award winning book by Chimamanda Adichie was published in 2007 and was adapted into a movie in 2013.
This book, The Virgin, was the first book written by Bayo Adebowale and was published in 1985. It was adapted to a movie in 2007 by Tunde Kelani, a Nigerian filmmaker.
Maami was written by Femi Osofisan in 1987 and in 2011, Tunde Kelani adapted it into a movie using the name of the book as the title of the movie.
This movie was adapted from a book (with the same title) written by Olayinka Egbokhare, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, in 2007. The movie was released in 2015 by Tunde Kelani.
This movie was made from two books written by Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease. These books were published in 1958 and 1960 respectively.
The movie was released in 1972. In the mid 90s, Things Fall Apart was adapted into a TV drama series that aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
This 2007 movie was adapted from The Concubine, a 1966 novel by Elechi Amadi. The book was the first to be written by the author and is famous for it’s tragic ending.
This movie was produced in 2011 by Wale Adenuga Productions. It was written by Ebi Akpeti.
This award winning movie was adapted from a book written by Uzodinma Iweala in 2005. The movie, which tells the story about a child soldier, was released in 2015.
In 2014, it was announced that a 2013 novel by Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah, would be adapted into a movie. Americanah is to be produced by Brad Pitt. Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo are playing the lead roles in the movie.
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