Now, who wouldn’t want to see a movie about the Joys of Motherhood, or rather the ironical lack of joy in motherhood?
Buchi Emecheta’s novel has been described as a semi autobiography of the writer’s life, but be that true or not, the book stands as one of the most moving and cathartic books ever written by a Nigerian. Do you want your audience to identify with and feel the pain of your protagonist? Then film Joys of Motherhood. The story telling is terrific and the characters are the everyday persons we see around us dealing with the issues of life.
AUTHOR: Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart along with No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God has all the markings of a great movie trilogy. Written by one of Africa’s brightest minds, Things Fall Apart is also on the list of top 50 books of all time. The main reason this would be lovely as a movie especially a trilogy is to see how improved the treatment of the story of Things Fall Apart would be from the first time it was filmed for TV (Pete Edochie was outstanding in that anyway) and also to see how our filmmakers will make the connection between all three books.
Lola Shoneyin is one writer who threw all cautions to the wind and wrote a very sensational book that treats amongst
others the theme of lesbianism. Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives properly describes the new age of Nigerian writers; an age where the uncomfortable is comfortable and no limits are placed. Nothing is too sacred. An age of immense enlightenment and fearless confrontation of seldom discussed societal ills. It is only appropriate that Nollywood flows seamlessly into this age with Shoneyin’s masterpiece.
Do you remember Quentin Tarrantino’s Pulp Fiction? Well, in Waiting for an Angel, we have the Nigerian match. The scene progression would be interesting to watch and the monologues would also be captivating. Habila’s approach
to the book is one that I find extremely amazing and the fusion of fiction and facts (faction) should play out well on the
screen. Yes, it would also serve as a bit of history lesson for some. All your favourite themes are treated here. Expect military brutality and love as a tool of redemption with Nigerian flavour.
Reading Farad was like watching images float across my face from the details to the stories. The insightfulness and the cluelessness of the characters in the book was so beautifully merged that it passes a basic message of life across to readers. More often than not, writers burden a single character with all the answers to the mysteries of their work, but Emmanuel Iduma did not have to do this rather he allowed the electricity of the first story run through the whole book while seemingly making everything look separate from each other.
Written by Innocent Ekejiuba
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