By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
With movies like Half Of A Yellow Sun and Beasts Of No Nation receiving international acclaim, we would not be asking for too much if we said we wanted Books by Nigerian Authors made into Nollywood movies. Or would we?
And even though Veteran Filmmaker Tunde Kelani spent majority of the 90s making successful movies from Books by Nigerian Authors (Kosegbe, Oleku), there haven’t really been anyone who has seemed so interested over the years.
Whether this is because there are no books worthy of being made into movies or majority of Filmmakers assume there are no audiences for this is unknown, however, here is a list of Books by Nigerian Authors we will like to see made into Nollywood movies.
Note: Nollywood movies not Hollywood movies.
There Was A Country – Chinua Achebe
This book chronicles the Nigerian civil war (which has not been talked about enough in Film) through the eyes of late great Author, Chinua Achebe.
Achebe is one of Africa’s most revered Authors ever and even in death, stands out in the art of story telling. It would be a delight to see this work of his come alive on the big screen in Nollywood.
Why We Struck – Ademola Ademoyega
Arguably the first published Book about the first coup in Nigeria that more or less triggered the impending 1967 civil war, Why We Struck is a book that is demanding to be made into a Nollywood movie.
Detailing the reason and the process through which the first coup happened from the angle of one of the Plotters, Adewale Ademoyega, this book will make for an interesting movie. And, would be a good learning process for the present generation.
Everything Good Will Come – Seffi Atta
Seffi Atta’s 2005 Bestseller, Everything Good Will come, tells the story of a Nigerian girl coming of age in the post colonial Nigeria. An interesting read, using feminism as one of its major themes, Everything Good Will Come begs to be made into a Blockbuster. A long overdue blockbuster.
The Trials Of Brother Jero – Wole Soyinka
Comedy drives this Wole Soyinka Bestseller to its point without glitches. Known to be one of the Playwright’s most popular works, the themes this classic deals with is still relevant in the Nigerian society of today, decades after it was published.
Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser, The Trials Of Brother Jero needs to be made into a Nollywood movie ASAP!
PS: Is it overthinking that Bishop Ime will nail this role?
Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again – Ola Rotimi
Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again is one of the late Playwright’s most performed Plays in the world. Using comedy as a tool to take a dig at Nigeria’s shaky democratic government at the time, Ola Rotimi created a classic that still stays relevant today.
And, he created the term “national chinchin”. Plus, would we not love to see Liza in her bikini (from one of our biggest local brands) while she tries to empower Lejoka Brown’s other wives?
Ugh, I’m already imagining buying my Coke and Hotdog while I wait in line to get tickets for this movie if it ever hit the big screens!
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Even though Kenyan Actress and Academy award Winner, Lupita Nyong’o has acquired the film rights of this book, we would still love to see it made as a Nollywood movie for the world.
Now, imagine if this list came through and it was Books by Nigerian Authors made into Nollywood movies? Ugh, please, a girl can dream!