We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Firebird Pictures, the BBC Studios-backed drama production company co-founded by former BBC Commissioning Editor Elizabeth Kilgarriff (BodyguardLuther and The Cry) has optioned the TV rights to the debut novel WAHALA by our fabulous author Nikki May.

The title was one of six drama projects unveiled at a BBC press conference on Tuesday,  where it was also announced that the supremely talented, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Theresa Ikoko (Rocks) has been bought on to adapt the novel.

WAHALA follows three thirty-something Nigerian-British female friends living in London, successfully navigating a world that mixes roast dinners with jollof rice.

Simi, Ronke and Boo have been best friends for years, sharing every aspect of their careers, family lives and relationships with one another. But when the beautiful, charismatic and super wealthy Isobel infiltrates their friendship group, mounting tensions, unravelling bonds and unearthed secrets have shocking and tragic consequences.

Theresa Ikoko said: “I can’t wait to bring Nikki May’s amazing book WAHALA to the screen with BBC and Firebird. It is a fantastic, intriguing, suspenseful story of friendship, rivalry secrecy and revenge, think Big Little Lies meets Girlfriends meets Peckham! It’s also a really amazing celebration of Nigerian British culture, which I’m a proud flag-bearer of, so it’s going to be a lot of the correct jollof rice, awe-inspiring geles and breath-taking moments, we hope you love it!”

Firebird’s Kilgarriff, said: “Being entrusted by Nikki to bring the wonderful WAHALA to screen is a huge privilege.  Putting female friendship under the spotlight and featuring real, funny and refreshingly imperfect women, Nikki has created a story that is both utterly relatable and fantastically epic – everything you could want to make standout, thrilling and entertaining drama with plenty to say about our lives today”.

TV Rights were acquired by Firebird co-founder Craig Holleworth from ICM literary agent Josie Freedman on behalf of Hannah Ladds at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. 

Congratulations Nikki! We can’t wait to see WAHALA on screen!