Lupita Nyong'o optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah


Lupita Nyong'o and her brother Peter attend the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lupita Nyong'o, the actress who stole everyone's hearts at the 2014 Academy Awards and star of 12 Years a Slave, has optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, reports The Root.

Americanah is a love story and an exploration of modern life in both Nigeria and the United States. The main characters are a young couple, who first fall in love when they meet in high school in Nigeria. They lose touch, but eventually come together again. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was on The Sunday Edition to discuss the novel last summer. "I think it's about self-invention and reinvention," she said. Listen to the conversation in the audio player:

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The book made one of the top 10 Best Books of 2013 according to the New York Times Book Review and won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

In an interview with Arise TV, Lupita Nyong'o said she read Americanah and loved it.