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An award-winning novel by Nigerian-British writer, Sade Adeniran, is about to become a feature film. The novel, titled Imagine This, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (African region) and is currently undergoing the process that would turn it into a feature film.

According to Adeniran, the script from the novel, which was also shortlisted for the World Book Day ‘Books to Talk About’ award, is already in the second round of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Speaking about the script, which won the British Urban Film Festival Award for Best Script Talent, an elated Adeniran said: “Imagine This is a 90-minute animated feature film adapted from my award-winning book of the same name.

“It’s a coming-of-age drama which follows the story of Lola Ogunwole, who, along with her brother, is taken back home to Nigeria after growing up in London.

“The overarching themes are displacement, loss of identity and otherness. This project was recently selected for the 2018 Durban Talents Lab.”

Speaking further on the huge influence that filmmakers have in pop culture today, the delectable author expressed her opinion that she has a responsibility to tell her story as a British-Nigerian. For her, filmmaking has always been attractive but she lacked the courage to follow it in the past.

“I always wanted to be a filmmaker but didn’t dare to follow my dreams, so, instead, I got myself a corporate job as a consultant and worked on my creative projects as a hobby.
“After I published my debut novel to critical success, I decided to pursue filmmaking as a career. It’s been a slow process, but as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day,” she said.

The story of Adeniran, who was born in London to Nigerian parents, and at the age of eight was taken back to her father’s village in Nigeria to live with her grandmother in Idogun, Ondo state, before returning to the UK is interesting.

Convinced with her writing, she didn’t even let the issue of her inability to find a publisher in 2008 depress her. She went on the self-publishing route, with a burning desire to sell the 1,100 copies already printed.

A unique marketing campaign she created didn’t just take her across the line; it worked so well it took the book to critical acclaim. And with the new feature film spin-off, the journey continues both for Imagine This and its never-say-die author.

Credit: New telegraph.

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