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THE NIGERIAN NOVEL AND THE SCREEN by Chimezie Chika.

The last time Olisaeloka visited with me at my house we sat and talked about Nigerian novels; then, somehow, we started talking about Half of a Yellow Sun and its movie adaptation. We both expressed our dismay over the movie's monumental failure and its inability to replicate or even better that act of literary virtuosity that is the novel. We went on to examine, viscerally, the relationship between the Nigerian novel and the movie industry and obviously came to the conclusion that it is generally poor.

As far as I know the only Nigerian novels that have been adapted to screen are Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. Of these, only Things Fall Apart was successful; and this is mainly because of the acting not the Cinematography and other filmographic technicalities which, in my opinion, left much to be desired. Apart from Americanah which was recently optioned for production and Soyinka's Ake which will be released soon as a movie, within the s…