After watching Anika Noni Rose play in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, there was never any doubt in my mind that she could take on an African dialect. But who knew that she attended Florida A&M University? I’m a Florida State grad, so I consider FAMU a sort of cousin school. In this snippet from an interview at, Rose discusses her character and the film adaptation of Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun:

Anika Noni RoseKam Williams (KW): What interested you in making this movie?

ANR: I read the book when it came out, and I loved it! That book really excited me and moved me. And I read a lot! I remember thinking back then that it would make an amazing film. So, I was beyond thrilled when the call came asking whether I might be interested.

KW: I have a lot of questions for you from my readers. Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: Is your character Kainene very close to the character in the novel or were a lot of liberties were taken in the script?

ANR: She’s very close to the character in the novel. I tried to keep her as tight to what Chimamanda [author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie] described as possible. The only differences, I think, are the physical differences between our bodies, and there’s nothing I could do about that. [Laughs] (Read more . . . )

Shadow and Act did an excellent job of breaking down the book’s character descriptions in relation to the film’s casting. I own a copy of the book, however, it’s still sitting on my shelf untouched. Unfortunately, I may have to checkout the film before I decide to actually read the book this time around. Who knows. Happy reading, y’all.