Oscar-nominated star and British-Nigerian actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is directing his first movie and Netflix has already acquired the global rights. The “12 Years a Slave” star co-wrote the script and also features in the movie which is beautifully titled after the autobiography, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” a true story of a Malawian boy, William Kamkwanba, who, despite being thrown out of school, builds a windmill to save his village from famine.
Kamkwanba came to renown in 2007 after the story circulated of how he built a wind turbine to power electrical appliances in his family house. At 13, he had dropped out of school because of a famine that made it impossible for him to afford tuition fees and would frequent his village library in a bid to continue educating himself. It was there he discovered his passion for electronics and would go on to build a solar powered water pump to supply drinking water to his village.
Speaking in a statement, Chiwetel Ejiofor could not hide his passion and excitement for the project. According to him, “William’s story represents, what has to be, the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty and harboring enormous potential,” further saying that “A global story, such as this, requires a global platform.” We at Woke Africa can’t agree less with him.
Maxwell Simba plays Kamkwanba while Ejiofor plays Trywell, Kamkwanba’s father. Even though it hasn’t set a specific date, Netflix has stated that it will release the movie worldwide next year and in selected theatres in the US and the UK. We can’t wait to see how Chiwetel performs as a director.