Every year, Nollywood releases thousands of movies and only very few of these are based on books. For many, it’s fun to see a movie with friends, having already read the book — and then with bragging rights, you can say, “Oh, the book was much better!” or “Genevieve played that role perfectly!”
For some, it’s a spoiler to read the book first since you would already know the plot. For others, it is an opportunity to see their favourite characters come to live, and also see how the directors and actors interpret the source material.
While it’ll be great to see more adaptations of Nigerian books in future Nollywood productions, here are some favourites (in no particular order) from past productions:
Things Fall Apart (1958) & No Longer at Ease (1960): Both written by Chinua Achebe, these two books were combined into a movie adaptation titled Bullfrog in the Sun, which was released in 1972.
The Perfect Church (2010): Written by Ebi Akpeti; the book was adapted into a movie with same title and premiered in 2011.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2007): Written by Chimamanda Adichie; the book which won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction was adapted into a movie also titled Half of a Yellow Sun. Featuring a handful of Hollywood stars, the movie also features Nollywood heavyweights such as Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu and OC Ukeje.The movie was released in 2013.
The Virgin (1985): Bayo Adebowale’s first novel, was adapted into “The Narrow Path” and was released in 2007.
Maami (1987): Written by Femi Osofisan, the novella ‘Maami’ was adapted into a movie with same title in 2011. The movie features Nollywood stars such as Funke Akindele who plays the role of Maami.
There are very few classic novels that have yet to be adapted into movies. What books are you hoping to see on the big screen soon?