The family of renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has signed up with some production houses to adapt three of his best-selling books for a television series.
Dayo Ogunyemi of 234 Media, Joe Seldner of Seldner Media, and a few others will bring Achebe‘s African Trilogy, “Things Fall Apart,” “No Longer at Ease,” and “Arrow of God,” to life.
The project is currently in development, and no release date has been announced.
In a press release, the family stated that more than 60 years after the first book was published, the books remain relevant, profound and crucial in a world that is still battling systematic racism amid the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“A television series combines the visual appeal of a film with the ability to tell stories overextended programming. This makes it possible to faithfully present the African Trilogy’s epic multigenerational sweep on-screen to global audiences for the first time.”
“The series will portray decades of wrenching societal 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 century pre-independence period in No Longer At Ease.”
Commenting on the production, Chinua Achebe’s wife stated that the family believes that the current fight against systemic racism makes it urgent to make this new project available to the populace.
The project, she explained, will be suited especially for Millennials and Generation Z who are challenging systemic racism and driving the new civil rights movement.
Christie Achebe stated that her late husband’s “recognition and centering of these issues from an African perspective make his stories more vital than ever.”