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In what appears to be a long overdue development and expectations for movie adaptation, Chinua Achebe’s African trilogy—the novels; "Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe's African Trilogy Adapted For The Screen "Things Fall Apart" And Two Others Books

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 It’s the best literary news you’ll hear today.


In what appears to be a long overdue development and expectations for movie adaptation, Chinua Achebe’s African trilogy—the novels; "Things Fall Apart", "No Longer at Ease" and "Arrow of God"—are being adapted for the screen, according to a statement released by Achebe’s family.


The Achebe family is teaming up with Dayo Ogunyemi of 234 Media, Joe Seldner of Seldner Media, and a few others to bring Chinua Achebe‘s African Trilogy, “Things Fall Apart,” “No Longer at Ease,” and “Arrow of God,” to the world through a television production.

The project according to the update given by Bella Naija, is currently in development. However, no release date has been announced for the movies.


“Things Fall Apart”, his best-seller, depicts a society caught between its traditional roots and the demands of a constantly transforming world. The book features Okonkwo, an influential member of the Igbo people as he struggles to adapt as his village is colonized by the British. 


In futherance to the above, his grandson, Obi Okonkwo, was introduced in “No Longer at Ease,” a young man who was sent to a university in England and has returned, only to clash with the ruling elite to whom he now believes he belongs. The story of Ezuelu, the chief priest of many Nigerian villages, and his war with Christian missionaries is told in “Arrow of God.


The chairman and CEO of AIDE, African Integrated Development Enterprise, Chidi Chike Achebe, who is the late novelist’s son, shared on his LinkedIn page that “Things Fall Apart – Achebe’s magnum opus – and other novels of the African Trilogy – No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God – to be adapted for global television audiences.”


Giving more details on the project, he stated that, “…the African writers will be central. We have two very senior Hollywood types of Nigerian heritage in the mix. Asian corporate types are knocking as well. This is a huge endeavour, but we have an excellent team (most are not mentioned in the announcement). Two of my sisters are Professors – one in history and the other in Africana studies. My mother is professor of Education. My brother a PhD in Igbo History from Cambridge. So we got this (To God be the Glory!).”


When asked whether “intellectual property rights have been duly scrutinised and negotiated,” he said, “Yes…An army of lawyers is stand by.”

Let's just hope they're right about the copyright issue.

In the statement, Christie Achebe, Chinua Achebe’s wife, said:


We believe this moment makes the message of my husband’s work urgent, especially for Millennials and Generation Z who are challenging systemic racism and driving the new civil rights movement. Chinua Achebe’s recognition and centering of these issues from an African perspective make his stories more vital than ever.


The family will work with consultants Dayo Ogunyemi of 234 media and Joe Seldner of Seldner Media to bring the novels to the screen.


“A television series combines the visual appeal of film with the ability to tell stories over extended programming,” the statement further reads. “This makes it possible to faithfully present the African trilogy’s epic, multi-generational sweep on screen to global audience for the first time. The series will portray decades of wrenching social change, from the end of the 19th century in Things Fall Apart through the emerging 20th century in Arrow of God and the mid-20th pre-independence century in No Longer at Ease.”


Considered one of the world’s greatest novels ever written, Achebe’s Things Fall Apart largely charted a new course in African literature. The novel has since sold in tens of millions of copies and translated into more than 60 languages all over the world. The follow-up novels which sum up the trilogy have also been met with critical acclaim.


Similarly, Chidi Chike Achebe, the son of the late novelist, provided more scoop. According to him, the project team is made of top Hollywood geniuses and Asians as well. His siblings who are all academics, with degrees ranging from history to Africana studies, will also be involved. Safe to say it is a family project in every sense of the word.


N.B :There is no official release date yet.


We can’t wait!


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