Half of a yellow sun première delayed by Nigerian censors
29th Apr 2014
The première of Half of a Yellow Sun has been postponed by Nigerian officials, according to the film’s director Biyi Bandele.
In a tweet posted on Friday, Bandele revealed the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board have halted plans to screen the film, which was scheduled for release last Friday.
Set during the Nigerian Civil War of the late 1960s, Half of a Yellow Sun is the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name. Focusing on the lives and loves of two sisters caught up in the conflict, during which 1 million people died, the book received widespread acclaim with Adichie going on to appear in New Yorker‘s top 20 writers under 40 in 2010. We also came up with at least 10 reasons to love her just last year.
Adichie's choice of subject matter remains controversial in the region But not everyone is as enthused as us, it seems. According to Aliyu Tanko of the BBC’s Hausa Service, Adichie’s choice of subject matter remains controversial in the region, and many fear the movie could “stoke up ethnic tensions” if shown.
The movie stars Crash‘s Thandie Newton and 12 Years a Slave lead Chiwetel Ejiofor, and hit the London Cinema Top 10 over Easter weekend.