Nigerian Novels That Deserve Movie Adaptations

Have you ever picked up a book to read and while reading you’d visualize the entire story and wish a movie can be made out of it?

We have.. Nollywood’s audience complain a lot about story repetition, but if we are being honest, almost every story has been done, just differently.

As our contribution to salvaging our industry from this so-called ‘lack’ of originality and content, filmmakers should consider making great movies out of some Nigerian novels.

Below are some Nigerian novels we think deserve movie adaptations.

No Longer At Ease

No Longer at Ease was written by Chinua Achebe and released in 1960. It tells the story of an Igbo man, Obi Okonkwo who struggles to find a balance between the African culture and Western lifestyle.

Culture, love, self-discovery, betrayal, colonization are some of the themes the novel possesses so it will definitely make a great movie. Imagine all the costumes and set location, it will be an epic drama.

We Should All Be Feminists

This is a movie everyone would love to watch especially with the ongoing debate about equality in gender. First published in 2014 by Fourth Estate, it aims to give a definition of feminism for the 21st century.

The essay was adapted from Adichie’s 2012 TEDx talk of the same name, first delivered at TEDx Euston in London, which has been viewed more than five million times. If adapted, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ would no doubt gain massive viewership.

Soza Boy

Written by Ken Saro Wiwa, published in 1985. Sozaboy describes the fortunes of a young naive recruit in the Nigerian Civil War: from the first proud days of recruitment to the disillusionment, confusion, and horror that follows. The main character Mene joined the military thinking that it will get him attention from the lady he likes.

The author’s use of ‘rotten English’—a mixture of Nigerian pidgin English, broken English and idiomatic English – makes this a unique and powerful novel which no doubt make a very compelling movie.

The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives

Just like Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, the Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives would make a great stage play.

Sir, you will deposit your sperm inside,” a hospital nurse instructs Baba Segi as she hands him a beaker. He – a polygamist and paradigm of chauvinistic braggadocio – insists he does not need a fertility test and that it is his fourth wife who needs to be examined, for “barrenness”.

He is told to leave his deposit in the container anyway, and with that begins a masturbation scene of such epic and eye-watering Rabelaisian proportions that it becomes the definitive show-stopping moment in a production filled to the brim with sexual swagger and sensational daring.

The Guardian

Written by Lola Shoneyin. Set in an enclave of modern-day Nigeria where tribal custom and witchcraft still rub up against rationality and science. Ingredients of a fantastic movie.

Ada: A Tale Of Hearts And Crowns

Nollywood hasn’t really had any successful epic movies the cinemas and this novel would be a great one to watch. The novel is quite simple and easy to digest with deep details on the cultures of the Igboland.

A shy Christian virgin, Ada, is forced to get married to Ikenna according to the instructions of the gods. Getting married is the beginning of the end, however, finding a faith so strong and peaceful could open doors she always dreamt of stepping through. Ikenna’s heart belongs to another, but he must also find a way to get rid of his betrothed. Could this cursed marriage eventually turn out to be a blessing?

Beyond beating hearts, scheming plots and a destiny planned by the gods. It is an exciting tale that discovers the crossroads where hearts meet crowns.

What other novels do you think deserve movie adaptations? Let us know in the comments.

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