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Cyprian Ekwensi’s popular novel The Passport of Mallam Ilia is being made into an animated movie. Premium Times reports that the 2D feature project is being undertaken by Magic Carpet Studios in Nigeria.

Written in 1948 and published in 1960, The Passport of Mallam Ilia follows a man, Ilia, who is seeking revenge for the death of his wife, Zarah, at the hands of a Mallam Usman. It is set mostly in Kano.

Speaking on the importance of the project, Magic Carpet Studios CEO Ferdinand Adimefe stated that:

The animated movie project aims to connect the younger generation with the older one. The Passport of Mallam Ilia is one of the most widely read young adult novels of the late ’90s. It will provide an exciting twist to an already familiar story while exposing the younger generation to the remarkable work of the late iconic writer. It consolidates on efforts in telling authentic African stories, especially through animation.

Watch a YouTube teaser below:

Visit and donate to the film’s website: iliathemovie.com.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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