Ghanaian Production Company Obibini Pictures has obtained rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's short story.
"On Monday of Last Week" is an adaptation of a short story of the same name from Adichie’s collection, "The Thing Around Your Neck."
“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 as I transition between avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition to complicate the nature of identity.” - Akosua Adoma Owusu
Featuring Nigerian actress, Chinasa Ogubagu, in the lead role of Kamara, the film follows a Nigerian woman on her journey to self-realization. Kamara takes on a nanny job caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple living in an upscale urban home.
Under Neil’s direction, Kamara settles into a routine of prepping Josh for an academic competition and feeding him the latest kids’ health craze. The noticeable absence of Josh’s mother, Tracy, and her occasional outbursts heard from her artist’s studio in the basement intrigue Kamara.
Kamara’s growing curiosity is piqued when Tracy finally emerges from her studio one afternoon. The brief encounter causes Kamara to launch into an unexpected attraction, wanting nothing more than an excuse to see Tracy again.
"On Monday of Last Week" will be 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.
Lead actress Chinasa Ogubagu recently starred in the Off-Broadway play "Sojourners," earning a nomination for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play.