It looks like Lupita Nyong’o is working with Beyonce’s favorite author on a new film. According to reports, the Academy Award-winning actress optioned for the film rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel Americanah.
During an interview on Arise TV earlier this year, Chimamanda announced that Lupita read the book, loved it and planned to make an announcement soon. Well, that big announcement came from Chimamanda herself at Stylist magazine’s Stylist Book Club event in the United Kingdom on Thursday.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Lupita Nyong’o has optioned rights for the film version best-selling novel ‘Americanah’ <a href=”http://t.co/yx3HqHtHGo”>http://t.co/yx3HqHtHGo</a></p>— Stylist Magazine (@StylistMagazine) <a href=”https://twitter.com/StylistMagazine/statuses/472369380047609856″>May 30, 2014</a></blockquote>
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According to reports, Americanah tells the story of a Nigerian blogger who spends her young adulthood in the United States trying to navigate dating and race in America. It was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review (who described it as “a long, star-crossed love story”), won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the 2014 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.
This will be the second book-turned-film for Chimamanda, known popularly as the feminist voice on Queen Bey’s jam “Flawless.” Her 2006 novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is currently in theaters starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.
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30 Reasons To Be Obsessed With Lupita Nyong'o
1. When Is Lupita Not Classy?
We're all excited about the Oscar-winning best supporting actress and on her bright future ahead. But, while we fantasize about what Lupita could possibly do next, she's giving us a peek into her life behind-the-scenes on Instagram. From clever pics with her many awards to a selfie with Rihanna, Lupita's life is nothing short of fabulous. Check out the pics we're dying over.
2. Lupita Loves Headbands
When celebs come on "The Ellen Show," the hilarious host is known for giving them fun gifts that we're not sure they'd ever wear. Lupita definitely rocked out her adorable headband. "Never too #latergram. Leaving @theellenshow, headband gift securely on. #Oscars"
Just days after the Oscars, Lupita is in Paris enjoying the last few hours of Paris Fashion Week. "#MiuMiu Fall/Winter Fashion Show, Front Row #selfies. Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Elizabeth Olsen and Margaux Robbie."
4. Selfies With The selfie Queen
We knew it was bound to happen for Lupita to meet RiRi, and just as we expected, we're here for it. "#MiuMiu selfie with the sensational Rihanna @badgalriri. #Paris"
5. The Oscars From Lupita's Eyes
The "Best Supporting Actress" took to Instagram to reveal her excitement after her big night. "I WON!!! It still has not registered that I am the proud recipient of the #AcademyAward for Best Actress in A Supporting Role. What a magnificent day. Thank you again to the Academy and to all who put their time and good energy into rooting for me. #Oscars #latergram #nofilter @lovegoldlive @academyawards"
6. Lupita Wears Jewelry From The Heart
Lupita wore this beautiful ring on her special night. "#Oscars sneak peek. Family totem. @lovegoldlive"
7. Everyone Loves Lupita
This touching photo of her hugging "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen had us all smiling. "I love Steve McQueen. He got me this far and then literally carried me onto the stage at the #spiritawards!! #Oscars"
8. Lupita Attracts Greatness
Obviously, Lupita can rub elbows with legends, but we couldn't be more excited about this pic. "The Night Before with #SamuelLJackson and #GiancarloEsposito. #Oscars @lovegoldlive"
9. The Bday Girl
The superstar had an intimate dinner on March 1 with her "12 Years A Slave" cast members a few days before the Oscars. "Birthday #regram @bazza_pix. #Oscars"
10. Rain Down On Me
Although it was raining, the weather didn't interrupt Lupita's shine on her birthday. "It's my birthday! And It's raining!! That's good luck where I come from... #IndieSpiritAwards #Oscars"
11. A Funky Birthday Cake
Isn't this the most adorable cake you've ever seen? "Froggie birthday cake from my #Oscars team! #FamilyTotem. Thank you!!!"
12. Celebrate Good Times, Come On
Lupita blows out the candles with her cast family looking on. "Birthday surprise from the #12YearsASlave family. Feeling the love. #Oscars"
13. Lupita Remains Grateful
Lupita remembers everyone who made the award-winning film happen. "We won!!! #JohnRidley gave me powerful words to perform. Shoutout to #SeanBobbitt #SteveMcqueen and #12YearsASlave wins. #spiritawards #Oscars"
14. The United Colors Of Lupita
Lupita herself ended up seeing this gorgeous photo of outfits that went viral. The actress added it to her own IG account. "Wow! #nuffsaid"
15. Who Doesn't Want A Selfie With Lupita?!
The actress took time before the Essence luncheon to take a selfie with another talented African actor, David Oyelowo. "David Oyelowo #selfie, the man with the plan. @essencemag #BWIH luncheon. #Oscars"
16. Lupita & Legend
This picture was truly a beautiful one to see. Lupita was clearly excited to meet the iconic actor, Sidney Poitier. "AND THEN I met Sidney Poitier!!!!!!!! My Inspiration My Example My Hope My Gold Standard Words cannot express my joy and amazement in having this dream encounter come true. #Blessed! #Oscars @lovegoldlive @essencemag #BlackWomenInHollywood"
17. Mommy & Me
Lupita bought her mother along to enjoy Oscar weekend. "AND THEN I met Sidney Poitier!!!!!!!! My Inspiration My Example My Hope My Gold Standard Words cannot express my joy and amazement in having this dream encounter come true. #Blessed! #Oscars @lovegoldlive @essencemag #BlackWomenInHollywood"
The actress jokes about meeting cast members from "Orange Is The New Black." Clearly, she knows they all had the same idea on what to wear. "Cut-outs are in. We got the memo. With @samirawiley and @nicolebeharie. #PhotoBomb courtesy of @daniebb3. @Essencemag #Oscars"
19. It's Clear, Lupita Has A Big Future Ahead!
Lupita shares her Essence Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award, and even manages to make it look even better. "Today I received the @Essencemag Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award. I was blessed to be counted in the number of incredible women making Hollywood history. Thank you, Essence for an EXTRAORDINARY experience. It will remain with me ALWAYS. #Oscars"
20. Dalai Lama Anyone?
Lupita looks beautiful against this orange carpet. "Orange carpet for the Dalai Lama. #MakesSense. #Oscars"
21. Kenya Loves Lupita
The African actress makes it known that she's aware of the support she receives from her home country. "I gasped when I saw this. Thank you, Kenyans at Rugby 7s Las Vegas for this GIGANTIC display of your support. #regram @mikewanguhu"
22. Lupita Makes Late Night Show Rounds
Instead of relying on a commercial or press release to announce her appearances on TV shows, Lupita takes to Instagram to give her followers a sneak peak. "On CONAN. Tonight. @teamcoco"
23. Lupita Loves Art
Lupita shared this lovely illustration with her followers. "@asieybarbie, you work fast! Thank you for this gorgeous illustration. @NAACP #ImageAwards look."
24. Live, Love & Laugh
Lupita takes time during the NAACP Image Awards to pose with Kevin Hart. "With @kevinhart4real whose work I can't get enough of. @NAACP #ImageAwards #MissionAccomplished!"
25. Lupita Wins Big At The NAACP Awards
Lupita shows off her award envelope and her shoes from the NAACP Image Awards. http://bit.ly/1fktiTU "I won! What an honor from the #NAACP #ImageAwards. Recognized by those I recognize. @lovegoldlive @givenchyofficial @naacp"
26. Lupita Loves Her #ArtfulFridays
Lupita appreciates her fans who take time to create art for her. "Ok, this is HOT!! Thank you, @averynejam. #regram #artfulfriday"
27. Lupita Makes Fear Look This Good
This picture was a bit of a surprise, since we see her look relatively poised for the most part. But, her expression (and beauty) is priceless here. "#tbt @nymag photo shoot #bts. Best hashtag wins. #ArentWeAllUltimatelyAfraidOfButterfliesInTheGrandSchemeOfThings"
28. Lupita Jumps For Joy On "Ellen"
Lupita couldn't contain her excitement about being on the comedian's show. "Talk show DREAM come true: Catch me on the @ellenshow today!!!"
29. Lupita In Color
The blue, red and white looks gorgeous against her mahogany skin. "#regram @mattdoylephoto"
30. It's Getting Late
Lupita looked gorgeous backstage at The Late Show. "I'm gonna be on the @LateShow with David Letterman tonight on CBS 11:35 EST/10:35 C and 11:35 PST! #funtimes"
31. Lupita's Mom Reaps The Benefits Of Her Amazing Job
Lupita spoke about introducing her mother to a few celebs, including Oprah and Angelina Jolie, at the BAFTA Awards. "Introducing my Mummy to Major Women of Influence: #EmmaThompson @Oprah #AngelinaJolie #EEBAFTAs"