Karyn Parsons (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Ladies Man) joins the cast of Akosua Adoma Owusu’s film adaptation of the award winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi’s short story On Monday of Last Week. On Monday of Last Week is a short story taken from Adichi’s critically-acclaimed collection The Thing Around Her Neck, first published in 2009. In addition to Parsons, the cast includes Chinasa Ogbuagu (The Following), Peter Rini (Orange is the New Black), Jill Shackner (The Americans), and newcomer Farouk James Prempeh.
The film will follow Kamara, a Nigerian woman (Ogbuagu), on her journey to self-realization. Hired as a nanny in Tracy and Neil’s home, Kamara develops an attraction to Tracy, going to great lengths to impress her. The result becomes a journey that is as much internal and emotional, as it is external and physical. Kamara finds herself wrestling with concepts of attraction and beauty, identity and self-worth.
“I was compelled to create a new work by adapting literature from contemporary African writers. The themes of race, liberalism, and sexuality in Adichie’s short story On Monday of Last Week resonated with my films on the ‘triple consciousness’ of the African immigrant.” – Akosua Adoma Owusu
On Monday of Last Week is directed and produced by Akosua Adoma Owusu and Obibini Pictures, LLC. Obibini Pictures, LLC has produced award-winning films including Reluctantly Queer, which was nominated for the Golden Bear and Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival in 2016, and Kwaku Ananse, which received the 2013 African Movie Academy Award in Nigeria for Best Short Film. M.anifest, acclaimed Ghanaian rapper and co founder of Giant Steps, a Minneapolis-based interactive conference for creative entrepreneurs, will be the Music Supervisor for this production.
Two other works of the Nigerian author have been optioned and become movies: Half of a Yellow Sun starring Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose, and the Lupita Nyong’o produced Americanah, which has yet to be released.