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It’s been hard keeping up with Bernardine Evaristo ever since winning the Book Prize launched her into the global literary limelight.

The latest addition to this heartwarming strings of achievements is the acquisition of the screen rights to Girl, Woman, Other by Potboiler Television.

The British production company is run by BAFTA Award-winning producer Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan. You might know them from their work on the Academy Award-winning movie The Constant Gardener  and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Another high profile adaptation coming out of their stable is Adichie’s Americanah, which is about to go into production for HBO Max.

“We are delighted to be working with Bernardine on bringing this vibrant and joyous novel to the screen.” Gail Egan said. “It is a vivid and authentic as well as important story of our times.”

Bernardine Evaristo reacted to the news on Twitter.

 

Girl, Woman, Other is an exciting addition to an ever-growing number of African novels to cross into the motion picture and television industry over the past five years: Jacqui L’Ange’s The Seed Thief, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation, Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls, Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death?. Kpano Matlwa’s Coconut and Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King.

We are thrilled for Bernardine Evaristo!

 

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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