Akwaeke Emezi’s Romance Novel Bought by Outlier Society in 7-Figure Film Deal

Written last year, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty is about a Nigerian artist in love and grief. Outlier Society is Michael B. Jordan’s company.
Akwaeke Emezi by Frances F. Denny.

Akwaeke Emezi by Frances F. Denny.

Akwaeke Emezi’s Romance Novel Bought by Outlier Society in 7-Figure Film Deal

The Nigerian writer Akwaeke Emezi’s forthcoming romance novel has been bought by actor Michael B. Jordan’s Amazon-hosted production company Outlier Society, in a seven-figure deal. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty will be published in 2022 by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atria.

Outlier Society beat eight other offers for the rights. Though Jordan’s new film Without Remorse began airing on Amazon Prime last week, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty is the first major film property acquisition by the Black Panther star. Emezi will be executive producer for the project.

Here’s a synopsis of the novel as shared by Deadline:

The protagonist is a beautiful Nigerian 29-year-old aspiring artist in Brooklyn who loses her husband in a tragic accident.

While she grieves through her art, her life begins to turn around when she meets a handsome new man at a party and is given an introduction to a major curator who wants to launch her career into the art world.

But even as romance takes her to a beautiful estate in the Caribbean, she struggles with the challenge of balancing grief with the desire to move forward with her life.

In a Twitter post, Emezi revealed their romance novel was written last year. “To be made executive producer (again!) on YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY is an utter dream,” they wrote.

A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, Akwaeke Emezi was born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. They are the author of the novels Freshwater, PET, and The Death of Vivek Oji. Their forthcoming works includes debut books of nonfiction and poetry: Dear Senthuran (A Black Spirit Memoir), from Riverhead Books (June 2021), and Content Warning: Everything, from Copper Canyon Press (2022).


Emmanuel Esomnofu, Staff Writer at Open Country Mag

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Chidi Mokeme and Nse Ikpe-Etim were snubbed in a near shut-out of Netflix series Shanty Town, with Tobi Bakre scooping a shock Best Drama Actor victory as Brotherhood swept its categories. Perennial Best Comedy Actress champ Funke Akindele also lost for the first time in five years while Anikulapo won Best Overall Movie.
Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, the actress’ debut collection of stories, sold over 2,200 copies, assuring it the No. 1 spot on The Rovingheights Bestseller List: Presented with Open Country Mag. So why do these stories of failing romance connect so widely?
Alhaji Waziri Oshomah fused Highlife, local folk styles, and Western pop into songs of positivity in Auchi, Nigeria. When New York label Luaka Bop released The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah in its World Spirituality Classics series last year, we spoke to musician and label about his artistry.

“An ambitious new magazine that is committed to African literature"

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Get the essential stories in African literature + Nigerian film and TV: in-depth, thought-provoking Profiles, features, reviews, and conversations, as well as news on events and opportunities.

We respect your privacy and will never send you Spam or sell your email.