• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

The Namibian filmmaker adapts the story of Obinna Udenwe to the cinema

ByRandall B. Phelps

May 7, 2022

Award-winning Nigerian writer, Obinna Udenwe’s short fiction ‘It Has to Do With Emilia’, published in 2017 in AFRADA magazine, has been adapted into a short trailer by award-winning Namibian filmmaker, Bridget Pickering.

“It Has to Do With Emilia” tells the story of an unusual love affair between a troubled young man looking for a job named Temitayo and an older evangelist named Emilia, who one day shows up at her door to share the gospel.

The film bears the same title as the short fiction and is set in Yeoville, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Bridget Pickering produced the film under her film company BUMP Films and it was directed by her daughter, Lunar Pickering.

According to Brittle Paper magazine, the film stars South African actors Zenzelisphesihle Sparky Xulu as Temitayo and Didintle Khunou as Emilia.

The film is expected to screen soon at some upcoming festivals across Africa.

Obinna Udenwe is the winner of the Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature 2021 and a shortlisted author for the NLNG Prize for Literature 2021 for his book “Colours of Hatred”.

The civil engineer-turned-writer is also the author of “Satans and Shaitans” and the founding editor of the Village Square Journal.


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