- Kopano's book, Coconut, is being made into a film
- The book won awards, became a best-seller and touched many people's lives
- Dineo Lusenga from local production company Kiwi Films feels extremely proud to be turning the novel into a film
South African author Kopano Matlwa is taking her award-winning novel, Coconut, to the next level – it’s being turned into a movie!
Kopano published her book in 2007 and it took off like sliced bread. Coconut is an inspiring and relatable story.
Briefly.co.za learnt that The Pontas Agency, Kopano's literary agents, announced just last month that rights to Coconut had been acquired by local production company Kiwi Films.
Coconut tells the story of two young black women who battled with their identities as a result of growing up in a white suburb, hence the title. The term 'coconut' is used to refer to a person who is 'brown on the outside but white on the inside'.
The novel topped best-seller lists the minute it was published and went on to win the European Union Literary Award in 2007 and the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2010.
Dineo Lusenga, the lady who will be producing the film, took to social media with great pride revealing that the film for Coconut is in the making and she’s making it!
Having read the book when it came out and when she was just a student, Dineo feels a great sense of pride in being the one to turn it into a film.
Kapano believes there really is no better person to be producing it than Dineo.
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