Producer Amy Aniobi, who is known for her work on HBO’s Insecure, is set to develop Vanessa Walters‘s forthcoming novel, The Nigerwife as part of her overall deal with HBO. Deadline reports that Aniobi and Walters will executive produce the drama series. The novel is set to debut June 2023 from Tin House.
The Nigerwife tells the story of Nicole Oruwari, who has the perfect life: a handsome husband, a palatial house in the heart of glittering Lagos, Nigeria, and a glamorous, highly-exclusive group of friends. A UK ex-pat with two young children, Nicole left everything behind to become a “Nigerwife” – the foreign bride of a Nigerian man – trading gloomy London, along with her overreaching family, for sunny, moneyed Lagos. But when Nicole disappears without a trace from a boat in the affluent Ikoyi harbor, the cracks in her so-called perfect life start to show. When Nicole projects an image of effortless wealth and happiness, a very different picture soon begins to emerge – one of depression, isolation, and even violence. Who was the real Nicole? And where did she go?
In addition to being an Insecure and Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl pioneer as a writer, director and producer, Aniobi has written on numerous shows such as Silicon Valley. She also served as showrunner of the HBO stand-up comedy series 2 Dope Queens.
Aniobi recently directed the short Honeymoon which takes us on a journey of a Nigerian couple’s awkward first day of marriage. Her directing skills can also be seen on episode 6 of Rap Sh!t which was created by Issa Rae and starring Aida Osman and KaMillion. She also launched her production company and talent incubator SuperSpecial and is developing the food media scandal series Enjoy Your Meal. On top of all that, Aniobi co-hosts The Antidote podcast alongside her BFF Grace Edwards, who also worked on Insecure.