Another Chimamanda Adichie’s Story Attracts Film Adaptation


First, it was ‘Half of a Yellow Sun, now another story of Nigerian prolific novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, gets Film adaptation.

Chimamanda, who is fondly called the Chinua Achebe of our time, has given 32-year old Ghanaian-American film director and producer, Akosua Adoma Owusu, the exclusive rights for her company Obibini Pictures LLC, to produce the movie ‘On Monday of Last Week.’

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‘On Monday of Last Week’ is an adaptation of a short story of the same name from Adichie’s collection, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck.’

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‘On Monday of Last Week’ will be directed and produced by Akosua Adoma Owusu, who has also produced award-winning films including ‘Kwaku Ananse’ and ‘Reluctantly Queer,’ which was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. The movie adaptation will feature Nigerian actress, Chinasa Ogubagu, as the lead role.


Kamara, a Nigerian woman on her journey to self-realization, takes on a nanny job caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple living in an upscale urban home.

Under Neil’s direction, Kamara settles into a routine of prepping Josh for an academic competition and feeding him the latest kids’ health craze. The noticeable absence of Josh’s mother, Tracy, and her occasional outbursts heard from her artist’s studio in the basement intrigue Kamara.

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Kamara’s growing curiosity is piqued when Tracy finally emerges from her studio one afternoon. The brief encounter causes Kamara to launch into an unexpected attraction, wanting nothing more than an excuse to see Tracy again.

In the movie, the producer combines different themes to express the Africanism in the story.

“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.” – Akosua Adoma Owusu.

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Anticipate! ‘On Monday of Last Week’ will hit your screen soon.