Lupita Nyong’o to star in movie adaptation of Chimamanda’s novel Americanah, Nigerians react


A war of words has erupted between Kenyans and Nigerians on Twitter and the bone of contention is why Lupita Nyong’o was picked to play a Nigerian character in a new movie. The Kenyan-born star actress was chosen by American movie giant WarnerMedia Entertainment to play role of a Nigerian character in the movie Adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah.

WarnerMedia’s decision to give the Oscar award-winning Nyong’o the role infuriated Nigerians who on Sunday, September 15, trooped to Twitter to express their displeasure and demand answers on why a Kenyan actress will be playing a Nigerian character.

“They need to stop doing this. We have fine actresses from Nigeria who can play these roles better. Lupita is good but try other people who are Nigerians. She’ is going to be told or taught how to speak half-baked Igbo instead of a real Nigerian?” posed one tweep by username Almost a Billionaire.

Below are more reactions from the aggrieved Nigerians who were not amused by the latest news from the Hollywood industry.

And as one would expect, Kenyan netizens who are not new to Twitter wars with citizens of other countries came to the defence of Lupita, complete with a hashtag someonetellNigeria.

The adaptation of Chimamanda’s Americanah is a 10-episode TV series based on the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel.

It is a story of a Nigerian-born woman who left home for America and her extraordinary experiences with love, adversity and self-discovery.