There’s also a groundswell for movies made by local producers, led mostly by Nigeria’s Nollywood movie makers and South Africa’s distribution platforms including Multichoice and Showmax. Some of those movies are making it on to Netflix and Amazon Prime.

This movement is not without its own challenges—a continent of 54 different countries, each with their own varied cultures and subcultures cannot and should not be easily condensed into popular media.

Things have come a long way from the generic Africa accent, cliché African stories, and generalizations, but there is always more that can be done to assuage doubts and concerns in a more connected social media world. For example, news of the Americanah TV show has been met with skepticism from some Nigerians who would rather see a Nigerian woman playing the lead role. It wasn’t too long ago when having anyone African in the lead roles in a Hollywood project like this would have been remarkable in itself.

With more films and series telling African stories, with Africans in front and behind the scenes, there’s hope for more authenticity in representation. A decade back, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, spoke elegantly of the Danger of a Single Story. Perhaps by seeing more African stories on the big screen—across genres (sci-fi, romance, fantasy, biopics, drama, etc.)  it’ll be obvious there is no single African story, but instead a multiplicity of stories that speak to the universal human condition.

The fact that this story written by Nigeria’s leading contemporary writer is now being turned into an HBO series at the helm of Gurira and Nyong’o gives us hope the Americanah fans will watch will be an authentic representation of Chimamanda’s bestseller.

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