Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel entitled Americanah famously featured Lupita Nyong’o in its feature film. Now, Adichie has appointed Akosua Adoma Owusu as producer of her new film On Monday of Last Week.
The film is a derivative of a short story in Adichie’s collection of stories, and captured Owusu’s interest who expressed, ‘I was compelled to 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 avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition to complicate the nature of identity.’
The lead role, played by Nigerian actress, Chinasa Ogbuagu; belongs to Kamara, a Nigerian woman who becomes the nanny to five-year-old Josh in an upmarket urban home. Though Josh’s mother, Tracy, makes herself scarce for the most part, Kamara hears a few random outbursts from her artist’s studio. Neil, who is Josh’s father, helps Kamara learn the ins and outs of the job. One afternoon, Kamara finds herself in awe of Tracy when she finally appears from her studio, and her attraction fuels her desire to see Tracy again.
The film has an impressive team behind it, being directed and produced by Akosua Adoma Owusu and Obibini Pictures, LLC, a production company that is responsible for a number of award-winning films. Chinasa Ogbuagu, the lead actress, earned herself a nomination for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award’s Outstanding Lead Actress following her performance in Sojourners. The musical elements of the film will be overseen by M.anifest, a Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur.
The film promises to be one worth watching. One of many emerging African gems, with a social element to challenge not only an audience on this continent, but the rest of the world.
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