By Taiwo Okanlawon
Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Kenyan-born Hollywood actress, Lupita Nyong’o in Lagos on Saturday, February 22.
The private reception hosted in honour of Lupita Nyong’o, was attended by some well known Nigerians in the entertainment industry which include D’banj, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omawumi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Toolz, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Ebuka, Flavour, Bovi and many others.
Lupita Nyong’o’s visit is coming ahead screening of Americanah, a television series adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same title. The book also won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Fiction award.
Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o stars as the lead character (Ifemelu) in the ten-episode HBO series which was directed by ‘The Walking Dead’ star, Danai Gurira.
‘Americanah’ tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze.
Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America.
There, she learned that despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black.
On the other hand, quiet and thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.
The Kenyan-born Oscar winner optioned the rights in 2014 after falling in love with the novel.
Here are photos and videos from the event below;