BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Yes people! Another movie based on award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s book is coming to the big screens. Following the success of Half Of A Yellow Sun, Ghanaian director Adoma Akosua Owusu and her production company Obibini Pictures have bought the film adaptation rights of On Monday Of Last Week from Adichie.
On Monday Of Last Week is one of the short stories from Chimamanda’s 2009 short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.
On Monday of Last Week follows a Nigerian woman on her journey to self-realization. Kamara (who will be played by Nigerian actress, Chinasa Ogbuagu) takes on a nannying job caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple living in an upscale urban home. Under Neil’s direction, Kamara settles into a routine of prepping Josh for an academic competition and feeding him the latest kids’ health craze. The noticeable absence of Josh’s mother, Tracy, and her occasional outbursts heard from her artist’s studio in the basement intrigue Kamara. Kamara’s growing curiosity is piqued when Tracy finally emerges from her studio one afternoon. The brief encounter causes Kamara to launch into an unexpected attraction, wanting nothing more than an excuse to see Tracy again.
Speaking on what pushed her to make the movie, Akosua said:
“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.”
Kwaku Ananse won 2013 AMVCA award for Best Short Film. The lead actress Chinasa Ogbuagu recently starred in off-Broadway production Sojourner and got nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play.
The movie will be directed by Adoma Akosua herself and produced by Obibini Productions LLC and the music will be supervised by Ghanaian rapper M.anifest. Adoma has launched a fundraising campaign for the movie on KickStarter and you can click Here to make a pledge and be a part of the success story of the movie.