5 Reasons Why We’re Looking Forward to Seeing Kopano Matlwa’s ‘Coconut’ On The Big Screen

As announced by Kopano Matlwa’s literary agents, South African production company, Kiwi Films is taking the author’s award-winning novel, Coconut to the next level and turning it into a film.

Matlwa’s debut fictional novel looks at the life of two young, black women growing up as women of colour in Johannesburg’s white suburbs and their struggle with finding their identities. It addresses issues of race, class, and colonization.

We’re excited to see the novel hit the big screen and here’s why:

It is a highly-rated novel

Since its release, the inspirational novel has received local and international recognition. It topped bestseller lists and won the European Union Literary Award in 2007, as well as the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2010.

Seeing the heart-felt story come to life

As mentioned above, the novel explores the complex, yet relatable themes such as race, class, and identity while telling the story of two young black women growing up in modern Johannesburg. The novel captured the hearts of many who grew up in similar settings in SA and abroad.

It is Kopano Matlwa’s first novel to be adapted to a film

The author has a number of novels that have been published, however, this is the first book to film adaptation.

It joins the ever-growing number of African novels to cross into motion picture

Over the past years, an increasing number of African novels have crossed into the motion picture and television industry. Matlwa’s Coconut has joined the list of African book to film adaptations, this list includes the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls and Uzoinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation.

A new post lock-down must-see added to the list

We’re excited to see the project come together and see it once we’re allowed to leave our homes again.

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