Lupita N’yongo has revealed that she is learning to speak two popular Nigerian languages; the Igbo language and pidgin English (a generally spoken form of English language in Nigeria).
The Kenyan-born Hollywood actress said during a Lagos private reception held in honour by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie.
Lupita is learning the languages for her role in the adapted story from the award-winning book, ‘Americanah’ written by Chimamanda Adichie.
Americanah was published in 2013 and it tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States to attend university.
Lupita wa visiting Nigeria to promote the movie and get adapted to the culture and language with regard to her role.
“I was awestruck by Chimamanda’s ability to capture such exquisite character in a way that made me laugh but also made me feel seen. So, I’m in Lagos to immerse myself and learn as much as I can in order to do the story justice,” Lupita said.
Chimamanda has also expressed her satisfaction in the choice of the Lupita to play a lead role in the adapted movie.
“She was genuine and true; it was clear my novel mattered deeply to her. Of course, a screen adaptation is never going to be exactly like a novel but I think it’s important that whoever adapts a novel should care about it in a very personal way. Americanah is my ‘baby’ and I’m happy leaving my ‘baby’ in Lupita’s care,” she said.