Nigerian author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s stunning short story collection Dreams and Assorted Nightmares is in the process of being adapted to film by Kenneth Gyang at Cinema Kpatakpata. This is such exciting news for Ibrahim and his fans!

Dreams and Assorted Nightmares was published by Masobe Books in 2020. It is a collection of loosely interlinked short stories set in a fictional Nigerian town, Zango, where a local man dies each time a leaf falls from a certain tree. The stories explore the depth of human experience and the social structure of life in Nigeria.

Zango is a surreal town, both setting and spectre for the collection of interconnected stories. The stories are about a special needs boy with prescience, the family of a philandering artist trying to pick up the pieces after his violent death, a teen forced to make a heart-breaking choice after her mother disappears, and a woman who reveals a terrible secret to her childhood friend who is in a coma.

Ibrahim announced the news on social media recently:

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. He holds a BA degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, was published in 2015 and won the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s largest literary prize.

In 2014, Ibrahim was selected for the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature. He has also won the BBC African Performance Prize, the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose, and the Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award.

Congrats to Ibrahim on the upcoming film!