David Oyelowo to Star With Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Americanah’

Having already secured a Golden Globe nomination for his work in “Selma,” David Oyelowo is looking to set up his future slate.  Oyelowo is set to co-star with Lupita Nyong’o in the indie drama “Americanah.”

Based on the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel, the story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.

Brad Pitt is producing through his Plan B production banner along with Nyong’o and Andrea Calderwood. Plan B produced “Selma,” and after having such a good experience working with them, Oyelowo jumped at the opportunity to board another project they were producing.

The film is now looking to attach a writer and director, with no production start date set yet.

Oyelowo has a busy end of the year, with “Interstellar,” “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year” all bowing in the last month. He is expected to be in the Oscars conversation for his performance in “Selma,” and he can be seen next in the indie “Captive” opposite Kate Mara.


Chimamanda and Dangote in the Forbes Africa person of the year finalists

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are in the final top 5 of Africa Forbes person of the year.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author of the famous Half a Yellow Sun that has been into a Hollywood movie. Also know for her TED Talk “We should all be feminists”.

According to Forbes, Dangote is Africa’s richest man by far and his company contributes considerably to the economy of Nigeria.

The business mogul has donated large amounts of his wealth to community development and upliftment.

Also nominated is South African advocate Thuli Madonsela, Nigerian Arunma Oteh and Rwandese economist Donald Kaberuka.

Voting is ongoing on the Forbes website. The event will take place at Capital Club in Nairobi on December 4.