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COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF FILM ADAPTATIONS

There have been charlatan remakes of Hollywood movies by Nollywood and Kannywood movies from Bollywood/Nollywood. Literary adaptations (besides Kannywood) and other film adaptation sources remain at a minimal level in Nollywood. Below is a list of film adaptations which also includes snippets of TV adaptations:

1. Kongi’s Harvest (1970)

snippets of TV adaptations: 1. Kongi’s Harvest (1970) An adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1965 play, “Kongi’s
snippets of TV adaptations: 1. Kongi’s Harvest (1970) An adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1965 play, “Kongi’s
snippets of TV adaptations: 1. Kongi’s Harvest (1970) An adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1965 play, “Kongi’s

An adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1965 play, “Kongi’s Harvest” produced by Francis Oladele under his production company “Calpenny Nigeria Ltd” in 1970. The 85 minutes film was directed by Ossie Davies (who had also directed the hit film “Cotton comes to Harlem in 1969). Wole Soyinka incidentally played the lead role (President Kongi) alongside Orlando Martins (first Nigerian to act in a film ‘Sanders of the river’ (1935) and also featured in The Man from Morocco in 1945 and Men of Two Worlds in 1946), Rasidi Onikoyi, Dapo Adelugba, Femi Johnson and Nina Baden- Semper. Arthur DuBow of Herald productions raised the funds in the US while Lennart Berns of Omega films in Sweden furnished the crew.

DuBow of Herald productions raised the funds in the US while Lennart Berns of Omega films

2.

Bull Frog In the Sun (1972)

A still From the Film An adaptation of Things Fall Apart (1958) and No longer
A still From the Film
An adaptation of Things Fall Apart (1958) and No longer At Ease (1960) authored by Chinua Achebe
under a tripartite production deal; Calpenny Nigeria Ltd, Cine 3 (W/Germany) and Niagram (USA).
Powered on by Francis Oladele, it was shot in Nigeria, directed by Hans-Juergen Pohland and starred
Elizabeth Toro of Uganda (lawyer turned model in New York who played the role of Clara) and
Senegalese British actor Johnny Sekka (who played Obi). The Film’s title was later changed to Things
Fall Apart. According to Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike, “Things fall apart managed to play commercially
in
Africa but received a mixed reception. The attempt to raise funds to launch a full scale commercial
release in the USA failed, the opportunity for American viewers came only when some eastern public
broadcasting stations aired it on TV”. Achebe like Soyinka wasn’t pleased with the film’s production.
3.
Shaihu Umar

It was adapted by Adamu Halilu (the first General Manager of the Nigerian film corporation) in 1976

based on the story ‘Shehu Umar’ written by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa which was chosen as one of the five stories selected by the British colonial administration in a literacy competition in 1933.

4.

Bisi Daughter of the River (1977)

4. Bisi Daughter of the River (1977) It was adapted from the play of same title
4. Bisi Daughter of the River (1977) It was adapted from the play of same title

It was adapted from the play of same title by Ladi ladebo, Jab Adu and Kola Ogunnaike. Chief M.K.O Abiola financially supported the production. It starred Patricia Ngozi Ebigwei (a.k.a Patti Boulaye) and was directed by Jab Adu. It was shot in Badagry and Lagos and was a refreshingly different production with the cast and crew being Nigerians. The film flew on the wings of the slogan; made in Nigeria, by Nigerians and acted by Nigerians for Nigerians”. It has been named as one of the most successful films ever produced in that epoch.

of the most successful films ever produced in that epoch. 5. Ija Ominira (Fight For Freedom)
of the most successful films ever produced in that epoch. 5. Ija Ominira (Fight For Freedom)

5.

Ija Ominira (Fight For Freedom)

produced in that epoch. 5. Ija Ominira (Fight For Freedom) Based on Adebayo Faleti’s novel of
produced in that epoch. 5. Ija Ominira (Fight For Freedom) Based on Adebayo Faleti’s novel of

Based on Adebayo Faleti’s novel of same title, Ola Balogun teamed up with Ade Afolayan to produce the film. The story unveils a tyrant king who is banished from the land by his subjects. It starred Ade Afolayan (a.k.a Ade love), Duro Ladipo, Oyin Adejobi, Jimoli Alu and was directed by Ola Balogun. The film was a success and recouped its production cost in less than one year.

6.

Aiye (The world) 1979

6. Aiye (The world) 1979 Ola Balogun co-produced the film with Hubert Ogunde based on the
6. Aiye (The world) 1979 Ola Balogun co-produced the film with Hubert Ogunde based on the

Ola Balogun co-produced the film with Hubert Ogunde based on the latter’s play about the struggle between the forces of good in a traditional healer and evil in witches in a Yoruba village. A barrage of special effects recreated the world of witchcraft unveiling the world of the supernatural. It grossed over N300,000 Naira in one week in Lagos upon its release.

7.

Cry Freedom (1981)

in one week in Lagos upon its release. 7. Cry Freedom (1981) Ola Balogun adap ted
in one week in Lagos upon its release. 7. Cry Freedom (1981) Ola Balogun adap ted
in one week in Lagos upon its release. 7. Cry Freedom (1981) Ola Balogun adap ted
in one week in Lagos upon its release. 7. Cry Freedom (1981) Ola Balogun adap ted

Ola Balogun adapted Meja Mwangi’s novel “Carcase For Hounds” based on the mau mau struggle and produced Cry Freedom. It starred Albert Hall, Candy Brown, Roberto Pisillo, and Olu Jacobs.

8.

Aropin N’Tenia (To Doubt Is Human)

8 . Aropin N’Tenia (To Doubt Is Human) An adaptation of the 1964 stage play dedicated
8 . Aropin N’Tenia (To Doubt Is Human) An adaptation of the 1964 stage play dedicated

An adaptation of the 1964 stage play dedicated to Hubert Ogunde’s late wife.

9. Orun Mo Orun (Heaven is hot) 1982

Ogunde’s late wife. 9. Orun Mo Orun (Heaven is hot) 1982 Based on a co-production deal
Ogunde’s late wife. 9. Orun Mo Orun (Heaven is hot) 1982 Based on a co-production deal

Based on a co-production deal between Ola Balogun and Moses Olaiya Adejumo (alias Baba Sala) the former adapted the latter’s play into a film and directed it. It was shot in Yoruba with English subtitles.

10. Tsintsiya (The Broom)

in Yoruba with English subtitles. 10. Tsintsiya (The Broom) An adaptation of the 1950s classic musical
in Yoruba with English subtitles. 10. Tsintsiya (The Broom) An adaptation of the 1950s classic musical

An adaptation of the 1950s classic musical West side story. It was produced by Hamisu Lamido Iyan-Tama and directed by Bala Anas Babinlata. It starred Hamisu Lamido Iyantama, Abubakar Baballe Hayatu, Amina Garba and Isa bello Ja.

11.

Ina (1985)

Based on the novel Idaamu Paadi Minkailu(The Dilemma of Rev Father Michael) by Adebayo Faleti, legendry filmmaker Tunde Kelani adapted this novel which incidentally was his debut film production.

12. Koseegbe (95)

was his debut film production. 12. Koseegbe (95) Based on Akinwumi Isola’s book of same title
was his debut film production. 12. Koseegbe (95) Based on Akinwumi Isola’s book of same title
was his debut film production. 12. Koseegbe (95) Based on Akinwumi Isola’s book of same title
was his debut film production. 12. Koseegbe (95) Based on Akinwumi Isola’s book of same title

Based on Akinwumi Isola’s book of same title published in 1981, it was produced/directed by Tunde Kelani and starred Kola Oyewo, Wole Amele, Jide Kosoko and Toyin.A. Babatope.

13.

The White Handkerchief (98)

and Toyin.A. Babatope. 13. The White Handkerchief (98) Adapted from Bayo A debowale’s debut novel “

Adapted from Bayo Adebowale’s debut novel The Virginpublished in 1985. The short film was produced and directed by Tunde Kelani. It starred Yemi Komolafe, Yemi Shodimu and Khabirat Kafidipe

14) Thunderbolt (Magun) (2000)

Adapted from Adebayo Faleti’s novel “The Whore: With The Thunderbolt AIDS” published in 1998, the
Adapted from Adebayo Faleti’s novel “The Whore: With The Thunderbolt AIDS” published in 1998,
the 128 paged novel was converted to 110 minutes movie which starred Uche Obi-Osotule, Wale
Macaulay, Lanre Balogun, Buki Ajayi, Ngozi Nwosu and Larinde Akinleye. Thunderbolt has been
hailed as one of the best works of Tunde Kelani.
15. Narrow Path (2006)
Adapted from “The Virgin” authored by Bayo Adebowale, the 95 minutes film was produced and
directed by Tunde Kelani. It starred Sola Asedeko, Ayo Badmus, Seyi Fasuyi and Eniola Olaniyan.
16.
Maami (2011)
Based on Femi Osofisan’s 1987 novella of same title, it was produced and directed by
Based on Femi Osofisan’s 1987 novella of same title, it was produced and directed by

Based on Femi Osofisan’s 1987 novella of same title, it was produced and directed by Tunde Kelani. It starred Funke Akindele, Wole Ojo, Ayomide Abatti and Tamilore Kuboye.

17. Dazzling Mirage (2014)

Abatti and Tamilore Kuboye. 17. Dazzling Mirage (2014) An adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare’s novel of
Abatti and Tamilore Kuboye. 17. Dazzling Mirage (2014) An adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare’s novel of
Abatti and Tamilore Kuboye. 17. Dazzling Mirage (2014) An adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare’s novel of

An adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare’s novel of same title, produced and directed by Tunde Kelani. It starred Kunle Afolayan, Kemi ‘lala’ Akindoju, Seun Akindele and Taiwo Ajayi- Lycett with special appearances from Adewale Ayuba and Sean Tizzle

18.

Akindele and Taiwo Ajayi- Lycett with special appearances from Adewale Ayuba and Sean Tizzle 18. Yoruba

Yoruba E Ronu (2014)

Akindele and Taiwo Ajayi- Lycett with special appearances from Adewale Ayuba and Sean Tizzle 18. Yoruba

A short musical film adaptation of Hubert Ogunde’s classic Yoruba E Ronu (Yorubas Think!) directed by Tunde Kelani. Yoruba E Ronu was first performed on stage in 1964 and was seen as a political attack against Chief Samuel Akintola, the then premiere of the Western region.

19. Ireke Onibudo

Ireke Onibudo, translated as “The Fabulous Adventures of a Sugarcane man” by Femi Osofisan based
Ireke Onibudo, translated as “The Fabulous Adventures of a Sugarcane man” by Femi Osofisan based
on D.O Fagunwa’s novel, was an episodic screen presentation of D.O. Fagunwa’s book which was
directed by Tunde Alabi- Hudeyin. It was part of the telly drama on OGTV and another version was
produced by Bayo Aderounmu and co-directed by Tunde Kelani in 1982
20.
Igbo Olodumare

The TV adaptation of D.O. Fagunwa’s book recorded tremendous success in south western states during its Sunday broadcast.

21.

Sango (97)

An adaptation of D.O. Ladipo’s ‘Oba Koso’ which was produced and directed by ObaFemi Lasode.
An adaptation of D.O. Ladipo’s ‘Oba Koso’ which was produced and directed by ObaFemi Lasode.
The 16O minutes film unveiled the reign of legendary King Sango of the Oyo Empire. It starred Wale
Adebayo, Bunmi Sanya, Rachel Oniga, Gbenga Richards, Kayode Odumosu and Jimi Sholanke
22.
Owo Eje
Translated in English as ‘Blood Money’, the movie is based on Kola Akinlade’s novel of same title
which was adapted by Rem del optimum communications and released in 2005. It was directed by
Yomi Amodu and starred Lere Paimo, Lanre Balogun, Sola Fasudo and Baba Wande.

23. Home to the River (2001):

It’s a play written by Neville Ukoli and published in 1975. The TV adaptation was carried out by Albert Egbe (star of the now rested popular sit com in the 80’s Basi and Company where he played the role of Mr B with his usual phrase ‘to be a millionaire, think like a millionaire’)

24.

Jaguar Nana’s Daughter

24. Jaguar Nana ’s D aughter Authored by Cyprian Ekwensi, the TV adaptation of the novel
24. Jaguar Nana ’s D aughter Authored by Cyprian Ekwensi, the TV adaptation of the novel

Authored by Cyprian Ekwensi, the TV adaptation of the novel was also carried out by Albert Egbe

25. Efunsetan Aniwura

was also carried out by Albert Egbe 25. Efunsetan Aniwura Adapted from Akinwumi I sola’s drama
was also carried out by Albert Egbe 25. Efunsetan Aniwura Adapted from Akinwumi I sola’s drama
was also carried out by Albert Egbe 25. Efunsetan Aniwura Adapted from Akinwumi I sola’s drama

Adapted from Akinwumi Isola’s drama of same title by Isola Ogunsola. It was directed by Bankole Bello.

from Akinwumi I sola’s drama of same title by Isola Ogunsola. It was directed by Bankole

26. David And Goliath

An adaptation based on the biblical character of the shepherd boy, David, who defeated Goliath,
An adaptation based on the biblical character of the shepherd boy, David, who defeated Goliath,

An adaptation based on the biblical character of the shepherd boy, David, who defeated Goliath, became a hero and then King. It starred Odunlade Adekola, Mide Funmi Martins Abiodun and Ibrahim Chatta.

27. Trees Grow In The Desert:

Abiodun and Ibrahim Chatta. 27. Trees Grow In The Desert: The TV adaptation of Rasheed Gbadamosi

The TV adaptation of Rasheed Gbadamosi’s novel of same title by Albert Egbe

28.

Gbadamosi ’s novel of same title by Albert Egbe 28. Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again

Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again

title by Albert Egbe 28. Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again Authored by Ola Rotimi and
title by Albert Egbe 28. Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again Authored by Ola Rotimi and

Authored by Ola Rotimi and published by University Press Plc in 1977, it was first performed in 1966 at the Yale school of drama. The TV adaptation (13 episodes) was produced by Albert Egbe.

Based on Akinwumi Isola’s novel of same title, the film adaptation was produced and directed
Based on Akinwumi Isola’s novel of same title, the film adaptation was produced and directed by
Tunde Kelani. It starred Bukky Wright, Kunle Bamtefa, Lere Paimo and Kola Oyewo
30. Oleku (1997)
Adapted from Akinwumi Isola’s book (1974) of same title and directed by Tunde Kelani. It starred
Yemi Shodimu, Feyikemi Abodunrin, Pauline Dike, Omolola Amusa with special guest appearance
from ace musician Sir Shina Peters.
31.
Basorun Gaa

It is the remake of the serialized TV version aired by the defunct Western Nigeria Television / Broadcasting Service (WNTV/WNBS) in the early 70s by Adebayo Faleti. The movie starred Adebayo Faleti, Tubosun Odunsi, Deji Aderemi and Peter Fatomilola.

32. Ruwan Bagaja (The Water Of Cure):

An adaptation of the classic Hausa novel published in 1934, authored by Alhaji Abubakar Imam.
An adaptation of the classic Hausa novel published in 1934, authored by Alhaji Abubakar Imam. The
story unveils the quest by the protagonist to find the water of cure. Kasimu Yero played the lead role
while Mutuwa Dole played the role of Zurke Dan Muhamman.
33.
Magana Jari Ce :
Sequel to writing Ruwan Bagaja, Alhaji Abubakar Imam joined the Translation Bureau, where he
wrote Magana Jari Ce (The Art of Speech Is a Capital Investment) which recaptures inspiring stories
from these sources using Hausa narratives;

a) Eleven stories from Thousand and One Nights

b) 2 stories from the Indian collection Panchatantra

c) 2 stories from a Persian version of the Indian collection Sukasaptati

d) 1 story that is of Persian origin

e) 14 fables from the Brothers Grimm

f) 2 fables from Hans Andersen

g) 7 short stories from Decameron by Boccaccio

h) 1 based on a Biblical story (from Old Testament)

I)

1 based on a Greek myth about the king of Macedona

J) 1 based on a fable by W. Hauff

The TV adaptation aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network in the 80’s to a receptive audience.

34. Langbodo

in the 80’s to a receptive audience. 34. Langbodo TV adaptation of D.O Fagunwa’s “A F
in the 80’s to a receptive audience. 34. Langbodo TV adaptation of D.O Fagunwa’s “A F
in the 80’s to a receptive audience. 34. Langbodo TV adaptation of D.O Fagunwa’s “A F
in the 80’s to a receptive audience. 34. Langbodo TV adaptation of D.O Fagunwa’s “A F

TV adaptation of D.O Fagunwa’s “A Forest of a Thousand Daemonsin the 80s by defunct Television Service Of Oyo state (TSOS)

35. Things Fall Apart (TV Series) 1987

Of Oyo state (TSOS) 35. Things Fall Apart (TV Series) 1987 Adapted from Chinua Achebe’s novel

Adapted from Chinua Achebe’s novel of same title in 1987 into a TV series (13 episodes) with a duration of fifty minutes per episode by Adiela Onyedibia and Emma Eleanya and broadcast on the

Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) network. It was directed by David Orere and starred Pete Edochie, Nkem Owoh, Justus Esiri, Funso Adeolu, Sam Loco Efe. Principal photography took place in Anambra state (Oraifite, Isu awaa in Awgu, UNN) and was a delight to watch.

36. Second Chance

in Awgu, UNN) and was a delight to watch. 36. Second Chance An adaptation of the
in Awgu, UNN) and was a delight to watch. 36. Second Chance An adaptation of the
in Awgu, UNN) and was a delight to watch. 36. Second Chance An adaptation of the

An adaptation of the 1977 British sitcom Mind Your languageproduced by the London Weekend Television. Second Chance starred Abiola Atanda (Madam Kofo), Tony St.Iyke, Funsho Alabi, Lai Ashadele among others.

Tony St.Iyke, Funsho Alabi, Lai Ashadele among others. 37. Things Fall Apart (The Film) Interestingly, this

37.

Things Fall Apart (The Film)

Lai Ashadele among others. 37. Things Fall Apart (The Film) Interestingly, this is another version of

Interestingly, this is another version of the Things Fall Apart Film which conflicts with what Nwachukwu stated. According to Segun Oyekunle It was produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr (MGM fame) and Ed Mosk which starred Princess Elizabeth Toro of Uganda and John Seka. The film was an adaptation of three of Chinua Achebe’s books; Things Fall Apart, No Longer At Ease, and A Man of The People. Segun Oyekunle had privately watched the film courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Jr’s son and had the opportunity to talk with Achebe who was overtly disappointed with the production. Achebe sued the producers and the law suit prevented the film from being seen beyond one or two special screenings in LA and Atlanta. It has never been publicly released as stated by Segun Oyekunle.

38. The Palm-Wine Drinkard, Song of a Goat, The Trails of Brother Jero

Drinkard, Song of a Goat, The Trails of Brother Jero The Palm-wine Drinkard (Amos Tutuola), Song
Drinkard, Song of a Goat, The Trails of Brother Jero The Palm-wine Drinkard (Amos Tutuola), Song
Drinkard, Song of a Goat, The Trails of Brother Jero The Palm-wine Drinkard (Amos Tutuola), Song

The Palm-wine Drinkard (Amos Tutuola), Song of a Goat (J.P.Clark), The trails of Brother Jero (Wole Soyinka) were adapted for TV by Segun Olusola back then at WNTV which became NTA Ibadan.

by Segun Olusola back then at WNTV which became NTA Ibadan. Couple of Nollywood films which

Couple of Nollywood films which are remakes of Hollywood movies as stated by Dr. Anyanwu

39. Game of Death Basic Instinct

stated by Dr. Anyanwu 39. Game of Death – Basic Instinct 40. Not Man Enough –

40. Not Man Enough Last American Virgin

41. Silent Night Silent Night

42. Romeo Must Die Juliet Must Die

43. World Apart Coming to America

44. Naked Weapon Lethal Weapon

45. State of Emergency State of Emergency

Couple of Kannywood movies based on remakes of Bollywood films:

of Emergency – State of Emergency Couple of Kannywood movies based on remakes of Bollywood films:
of Emergency – State of Emergency Couple of Kannywood movies based on remakes of Bollywood films:
of Emergency – State of Emergency Couple of Kannywood movies based on remakes of Bollywood films:
of Emergency – State of Emergency Couple of Kannywood movies based on remakes of Bollywood films:

46. Ayaah - Chandni

47. Abinsirrine - Judwa

48. Halacci /So - Mohabbatein

49. Alluradazare Sultanate

50. Katanga - Aitbaar

Hausa Novels adapted into movies as provided by Yusuf.M. Adamu

51. Auren Jari by Abba Bature

52. Idaniyar Ruwa by Abdul Aziz Madakin Gini

53. Da Kyar Nasha by Abubakar Ishaq

54. Kwabon Masoyi by Adamu Mohammed

55. In da so da Kauna by Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino

56. Haukar Mutum by Aminu Aliyu Argungu

57. Gidan Haya by Auwalu Yusufu Hamza

by Aminu Aliyu Argungu 57. Gidan Haya by Auwalu Yusufu Hamza 58. Tsun Tsumai Wayo by

58. Tsun Tsumai Wayo by Bala Anas Babin lata

59. Alhaki Kwikwiyo by Balaraba Ramat Yakubu

60. Wa Zai Auri Jahi by Balaraba Ramat Yakubu

61. Auren Zamanni Maraya by Bashir Sanda Gusau

62. Na san A Rina by Dan’azumi Baba Ced’iyar

63. Rikicin Duniya by Dan’azumi Baba Ced’iyar

64. Kyan Al Kawari by Dan’azumi Baba Ced’iyar

64. Kyan Al Kawari by Dan’azumi Baba Ced’iyar 65. Jidali Idan Bera da sata by Dan’azumi

65. Jidali Idan Bera da sata by Dan’azumi Baba Ced’iyar

66. Ki Yarda da ni by Bilikisu Fun Tua

67. Sa’adatu sa’ar mata by Bilikisu Fun tua

Fun Tua 67 . Sa’adatu sa’ar mata by Bilikisu Fun tua 68. Muguwar Kishiya by Halima

68. Muguwar Kishiya by Halima B.H. Aliyu

Bilikisu Fun tua 68. Muguwar Kishiya by Halima B.H. Aliyu 69. Soyayya Cikon Rayuwa by Ibrahim

69. Soyayya Cikon Rayuwa by Ibrahim Muhammed Kofar Nassarawa

70. Bo Yayyiyar Gaskiya by Ibrahim Mu’azzim Indabawa

71. Suda by Kabiru Ibrahim Yakasai

72. Turmi Sha Daka by Kabiru Ibrahim Yakasai

73. Tudun Mhassada by Kabiru Kassim

74. Komai Nisan Dare by M.B. Zakari

75. Sirrinsu by Maje El- Hajeej

76. Al’ajab by Maje El- Hajeej

77. Zaman Lafiya by Muhammadu Usman

78. Naira Da Kwabo by Nazir Adam Salih

79. Linzamin Shai d’an by Nazir Adam Salih

80. Karshen Ki yayya by Nura Azura

81. Su ma ‘ya ‘ya Ne by Zulkifilu Mohammed

82. Kaddara Ta Riga Fata by Zuwaira Isa

83. Kara Da Kiyashi by Zuwaira Isa

84. Kwai a Baka by Aisha Chediyar

Da Kiyashi by Zuwaira Isa 84. Kwai a Baka by Aisha Chediyar 85. YEEPA Filmed play

85. YEEPA

by Zuwaira Isa 84. Kwai a Baka by Aisha Chediyar 85. YEEPA Filmed play dedicated to
by Zuwaira Isa 84. Kwai a Baka by Aisha Chediyar 85. YEEPA Filmed play dedicated to
by Zuwaira Isa 84. Kwai a Baka by Aisha Chediyar 85. YEEPA Filmed play dedicated to

Filmed play dedicated to Tai Solarin, produced and directed by Tunde Kelani. It was an adaptation of Femi Osofisan’s classic play YEEPA Solarin Nbo. It starred Ropo Ewenla, Bayo Bankole, Ayo Binta Mogaji, Joke Muyiwa and Kayode Olaiya.

86. Mune Kannywood

Mune Kannywood is a remake of Nollywood Hustlers. It revolves around fraudsters who extort money
Mune Kannywood is a remake of Nollywood Hustlers. It revolves around fraudsters who extort
money from the rich and claim to be filmmakers. It starred Jamila Nagudu, Mustapha Naburaska,
Hamza Maifata and Zainab indomie.
87.
In Iredu
A short film based on an excerpt of a scene from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (the meeting of
Macbeth with the three witches). Here Ogagun the great General from West Africa meets three
witches in Iredu to find out what the future holds for him. It starred Deyemi Okanlawon, Adenike
Ayeni, Kemi ‘lala’ Akindoju, Ijeoma Grace Agu and was directed by Abiola Sobo

88. When The King Decides

88. When The King Decides A remake of the classic movie Coming To America. It starred

A remake of the classic movie Coming To America. It starred Pete Edochie, Van Vicker.

Coming To America. It starred Pete Edochie, Van Vicker. 89. The Encounter An adaptation of H

89. The Encounter

It starred Pete Edochie, Van Vicker. 89. The Encounter An adaptation of H enry Onyema’s short
It starred Pete Edochie, Van Vicker. 89. The Encounter An adaptation of H enry Onyema’s short
It starred Pete Edochie, Van Vicker. 89. The Encounter An adaptation of H enry Onyema’s short

An adaptation of Henry Onyema’s short story of same title by Ekene Mekwunye and directed by Tolu Ajayi. It is a historical drama set during the civil war where an imprisoned Ifeajuna was summoned by his friend Ojukwu to have the last conversation before his execution. It starred Gregory Ojefua and Amara Ono. Fantastic short film I must add.

have the last conversation before his execution. It starred Gregory Ojefua and Amara Ono. Fantastic short

90. The Concubine

90. The Concubine Elechi Amadi ’s debut novel in 1966 published as part of the Heinemann
90. The Concubine Elechi Amadi ’s debut novel in 1966 published as part of the Heinemann

Elechi Amadi’s debut novel in 1966 published as part of the Heinemann African writers Series. It was adapted by Nollywood filmmaker Andy Amenechi and was premiered in Abuja in March 2007. However not much is known about the release.

in March 2007. However not much is known about the release. 91. Murder At Prime Suites
in March 2007. However not much is known about the release. 91. Murder At Prime Suites

91.

Murder At Prime Suites

much is known about the release. 91. Murder At Prime Suites A 2013 adaptation of the
much is known about the release. 91. Murder At Prime Suites A 2013 adaptation of the

A 2013 adaptation of the murder which rocked the city of Lagos. It was directed by Chris Eneng and starred Joseph Benjamin, Keira Hewatch and Chelsea Eze.

92. Half of A Yellow Sun

92. Half of A Yellow Sun Based on the award winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
92. Half of A Yellow Sun Based on the award winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
92. Half of A Yellow Sun Based on the award winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,

Based on the award winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun was produced by Andrea Calderwood and directed by Biyi Bandele. It starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Anika Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje and John Boyega.

Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje and John Boyega. 93. The Perfect Church Produced by Wale

93.

The Perfect Church

Nnaji, OC Ukeje and John Boyega. 93. The Perfect Church Produced by Wale Adenuga, the film

Produced by Wale Adenuga, the film is based on the book of same title written by Ebi Akpeti. It was directed by Bambo Adebajo and starred Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, Ngozi Ezeonu, Funke Akindele, Hakeem Rahman and Yinka Olukunga. It was released in 2011.

94. Beasts of No Nation

The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala
The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala

The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala and was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga( “True Detective, Jane Eyre”). It was shot in Akwidaa, Ghana and starred Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe. Beasts of No Nation was released in Nigerian cinemas in 2015.

of No Nation was released in Nigerian cinemas in 2015. 95. Dere An African adaptation of
of No Nation was released in Nigerian cinemas in 2015. 95. Dere An African adaptation of

95. Dere

No Nation was released in Nigerian cinemas in 2015. 95. Dere An African adaptation of Cinderella
No Nation was released in Nigerian cinemas in 2015. 95. Dere An African adaptation of Cinderella

An African adaptation of Cinderella by Ebony Life TV. It starred Gbenro Ajibade, Weruche Opia, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Carol King and Shaffy Bello

96. Desperate Housewives Africa

An adaptation by Ebony life TV of the American TV comedy-drama, Desperate Housewives, which was
An adaptation by Ebony life TV of the American TV comedy-drama, Desperate Housewives, which was

An adaptation by Ebony life TV of the American TV comedy-drama, Desperate Housewives, which was produced by ABC studios and Cherry productions. Ebony life TV has plans for African adaptations of epic and biblical stories such as Robin Hood, Romeo and Juliet, The Prodigal Son, David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah.

97. Married But Living Single

Goliath, Samson and Delilah. 97. Married But Living Single Based on the book of same title
Goliath, Samson and Delilah. 97. Married But Living Single Based on the book of same title
Goliath, Samson and Delilah. 97. Married But Living Single Based on the book of same title

Based on the book of same title by Femi Fasheru, the film was directed by Tunde Olaoye and produced by Kalejaiye Paul. The romantic drama starred Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin, Joke Silva, Tina Mba, Kiki Omeili and Femi Brainard

Paul. The romantic drama starred Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin, Joke Silva, Tina Mba, Kiki Omeili and

98. The gods are not to blame

98. The gods are not to blame Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) adapted the gods are not
98. The gods are not to blame Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) adapted the gods are not

Wale Adenuga Productions (WAP) adapted the gods are not to blame written by Ola Rotimi for its TV drama series (9 episodes)

99. The gods Are Still Not To Blame

series (9 episodes) 99. The gods Are Still Not To Blame Shot in Nigeria/C ote d’ivore
series (9 episodes) 99. The gods Are Still Not To Blame Shot in Nigeria/C ote d’ivore
series (9 episodes) 99. The gods Are Still Not To Blame Shot in Nigeria/C ote d’ivore

Shot in Nigeria/Cote d’ivore and Cameroon, the film is an adaptation of Ola Rotimi’s play The gods are not to blame”. Incidentally, the author adapted the story based on Oedipus rex. It was directed by Funke Fayoyin and starred Gabriel Afolayan, Carol King, Iretiola Doyle, Bayo Alawiye and Seun Akindele

and starred Gabriel Afolayan, Carol King, Iretiola Doyle, Bayo Alawiye and Seun Akindele 100. Ake; The

100. Ake; The years of childhood

Produced by Dapo Adeniyi, the film is based on the childhood memoir of same title
Produced by Dapo Adeniyi, the film is based on the childhood memoir of same title

Produced by Dapo Adeniyi, the film is based on the childhood memoir of same title written by Prof. Wole Soyinka which was published in 1981. The film is yet to be released in cinemas.

101. The Amazing Grace

is yet to be released in cinemas. 101. The Amazing Grace Based on a true story,
is yet to be released in cinemas. 101. The Amazing Grace Based on a true story,
is yet to be released in cinemas. 101. The Amazing Grace Based on a true story,

Based on a true story, John Newton the captain of a slave ship begins a journey of redemption which ends in tragedy but proves to be the catalyst for greater achievements. Newton is inspired by a local anthem sang by the slaves and he writes the classic hymn, Amazing Grace. The film was directed by Jeta Amata and produced by Alicia Arce and Jeta. It starred Joke Silva, Nick Moran, Scott Cleverdon, Mbong Odungide, Fred Amata and Zack Amata.

Arce and Jeta. It starred Joke Silva, Nick Moran, Scott Cleverdon, Mbong Odungide, Fred Amata and

102. Zee - World Madness

I plead guilty to this and laughed when I saw it. Zee-World madness was produced
I plead guilty to this and laughed when I saw it. Zee-World madness was produced by Diamond
movies and directed by Mac-collins-chidebe. The movie (not sure if I should call it that or the popular
‘seasons movie’ (whatever that means) is based on the Zee world fever among Nigerians especially
the women folk who eagerly watch the various drama series, from Married Again, The Promise, The
Vow, Destiny, Laali, Krishi, Silver Lining, Sacred Ties, Breaking Free, Saloni, to King of Hearts, Twist of
fate, Young Dreams, Antra, Sands of time, Reach for the stars. Zee- World madness stars Nonso
Diobi, Rachel Okonkwo, Chioma Igwe
103.
Lion of Mogun
An adaptation of the classic Yoruba play Rere Run written by Okediji Oladejo in 1971 and published
in 1973 by Onibonoje press. Wale Adenuga Productions TV adaptation (22 episodes) brought the
book to life.

104. 76

104. 76 A historical adaptation enveloped in romance leading to the unsuccessful 1976 coup and assassination
104. 76 A historical adaptation enveloped in romance leading to the unsuccessful 1976 coup and assassination

A historical adaptation enveloped in romance leading to the unsuccessful 1976 coup and assassination of the country’s Head of state, General Murtala Mohammed. The film was directed by Izu Ojukwu, and starred Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme and Rita Dominic. It was released in 2016 in cinemas.

and Rita Dominic. It was released in 2016 in cinemas. Books To Be Adapted For The

Books To Be Adapted For The Big Screens (Coming Soon)

Books To Be Adapted For The Big Screens (Coming Soon) 1. Americanah Based on Chimamanda Ngozi

1. Americanah

Be Adapted For The Big Screens (Coming Soon) 1. Americanah Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel
Be Adapted For The Big Screens (Coming Soon) 1. Americanah Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel

Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of same title, Brad Pitt will produce the film through his Plan B production company alongside Nyong’o and Andrea Calderwood. David Oyewole has been chosen to star alongside Lupita in the film.

2.

Hello, Moto

2. Hello, Moto An adaptation of Prof. Nnedi Okor afor’s 2011 short story by the director
2. Hello, Moto An adaptation of Prof. Nnedi Okor afor’s 2011 short story by the director

An adaptation of Prof. Nnedi Okorafor’s 2011 short story by the director of Ojuju and O-Town, CJ ‘Fiery’ Obasi. As the author stated “there is witchcraft in science and a science to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually”

to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually” 3. On Monday Of Last Week Award winning

3. On Monday Of Last Week

conspire against you eventually” 3. On Monday Of Last Week Award winning Ghanaian/American filmmaker and producer
conspire against you eventually” 3. On Monday Of Last Week Award winning Ghanaian/American filmmaker and producer

Award winning Ghanaian/American filmmaker and producer Akosua Adoma Owusu via her production company Obibini Pictures obtained the film rights to the short story written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which is part of the collection of twelve short stories from “The thing around your Neck”. Karyn Parsons ( Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Ladies Man), Chinasa Ogbuagu (The Following), Peter Rini (Orange is the New Black ) , Jill Shackner (The Americans), and Farouk James Prempeh are slated to star in the film.

) , Jill Shackner (The Americans), and Farouk James Prempeh are slated to star in the

4. Tenants of the House

Award winning author, Wale Okediran is spearheading its film adaptation. It will be directed by
Award winning author, Wale Okediran is spearheading its film adaptation. It will be directed by
Patience Oghre and the cast of Hafiz Oyetoro (Saka), Sani Muazu, Rahama Sadau, Jide Kosoko and
Funke Akindele have been named. Tenants of the House, gives a fictional account of the author’s
tenure while serving as a member of the House of Representatives.
5.
The Almost Kiss
The author Nick Nwaogu has published a script for the film adaptation of his novel “The Almost Kiss”
and is confident it will soon be made into a film. However, the film will bear the title “February”.

6. Blood On The Tide

Written by Neville Ukoli, the 194 paged novel was originally published in 1987 by Macmillan Nigeria. Albert Egbe has secured the rights to the film and will produce same under a different title.

7.

Imagine This

Self published in 2007, the novel written by Sade Adeniran won the 2008 commonwealth writers
Self published in 2007, the novel written by Sade Adeniran won the 2008 commonwealth writers
prose for Best book in Africa. There is an indication that it will be adapted into a film to be written by
Adeniran.
8.
Shijuwomi
A film adaptation of author Rasheed Gbadamosi’s book, "Behold My Redeemer". It’s directed by Niji
Akanni ("Aramotu," "Heroes and Zeroes") and stars Judith Audu, Ayo Lijadu, Bimbo Manuel, Femi
Adebayo, Olu Okekanye, Tina Mba and Jude Chukwuka.

9. The Governor’s Wife

9. The Governor’s Wife A 2002 novel written by Bisi Daniels which incidentally has Nollywood star,
9. The Governor’s Wife A 2002 novel written by Bisi Daniels which incidentally has Nollywood star,
9. The Governor’s Wife A 2002 novel written by Bisi Daniels which incidentally has Nollywood star,

A 2002 novel written by Bisi Daniels which incidentally has Nollywood star, Rita Dominic, on the book cover. Corruption happens to be its underlining theme and the author is still in the conceptualization stage of the film adaptation process

the conceptualization stage of the film adaptation process 10. Oil on Water Newton Aduake’s Cannes L’Atelier

10. Oil on Water

stage of the film adaptation process 10. Oil on Water Newton Aduake’s Cannes L’Atelier project ‘
stage of the film adaptation process 10. Oil on Water Newton Aduake’s Cannes L’Atelier project ‘

Newton Aduake’s Cannes L’Atelier project ‘Oil on wateradaptation of Helon Habila’s novel.

11.

Graveyard of An Anarchy

11. Graveyard of An Anarchy An adaptation of Bashir Adepoju Bakare (a.k.a Bash Bakr) novel of
11. Graveyard of An Anarchy An adaptation of Bashir Adepoju Bakare (a.k.a Bash Bakr) novel of

An adaptation of Bashir Adepoju Bakare (a.k.a Bash Bakr) novel of same title. It’s a story of love, banishment and reclamation in pre-Independence Africa as the British and French armies struggle for control over the West Coast of the Atlantic and threaten to engulf Ifashanu's kingdom and everything he holds dear. The author like Wale Okediran is also securing finances for the film’s production.

12.

Children of Blood and Bone

for the film’s production. 12. Children of Blood and Bone Nigerian American author Tomi Aeyemi’s Children
for the film’s production. 12. Children of Blood and Bone Nigerian American author Tomi Aeyemi’s Children
for the film’s production. 12. Children of Blood and Bone Nigerian American author Tomi Aeyemi’s Children

Nigerian American author Tomi Aeyemi’s Children of blood and Bone (the first instalment in the fantasy trilogy) has seen Fox 2000 obtaining screen rights for the book which will be published by Macmillan. The movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it.

13. LAGOON

Written by Prof. Nnedi Okorafor, it has been optioned for Film and TV by a
Written by Prof. Nnedi Okorafor, it has been optioned for Film and TV by a

Written by Prof. Nnedi Okorafor, it has been optioned for Film and TV by a Toronto based Media Company. The story unveils Aliens in Lagos and is the author’s response to the 2009 controversial sci-fi “District 9” which was condemned for the negative portrayal of Nigeria

which was condemned for the negative portrayal of Nigeria 14. Waiting For An Angel Based on

14. Waiting For An Angel

the negative portrayal of Nigeria 14. Waiting For An Angel Based on the award-winning novel of
the negative portrayal of Nigeria 14. Waiting For An Angel Based on the award-winning novel of

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Helon Habila, the story is set in Lagos, during the 1990s military regime and centres on a young intellectual's clash with the uniformed men in power. It is a South African-Canadian co-production between Johannesburg-based Rififi Pictures and Toronto-based Triptych Media. Nigerian born Johannesburg-based filmmaker Akin Omotoso is leading the drive on this.

filmmaker Akin Omotoso is leading the drive on this. This list is by no means exhaustive

This list is by no means exhaustive and I can only hope that Nigerian filmmakers/producers will embrace this lucrative concept, break boundaries and produce fantastic adaptations that will compete favourably with original works.

About the Writer: Augusta Okon is a lawyer, author and film critic. She has a passion for film adaptation and continues to sound the clarion call to filmmakers/producers in Nigeria to tow the film adaptation path. She can be reached via e-mail : augustaokon@gmail.com