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The movie HALF OF A YELLOW SUN was today played out for a scrutiny by the press. The media screening took place at the Silverbird cinema and later a press conference was held  at the Wheat Baker hotel. Various big media in Nigeria were represented at the event.

The content of the movie which was adapted from Chimamanda Adichie’s best selling novel, didn’t disappoint, as the expectation to see a quality movie was met. The star of the movie, BAFTA award winner and OSCAR award nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor and some of the cast and crew were present at the event to do justice to questions thrown at them concerning the movie. Chewetel who obviously looked happy to be around stated that he found it interesting to be part of a movie that depicts the struggle of his people during the civil war, despite that he wasn’t a victim of the civil war but he has close relations who were there and had relayed their struggles during the war to him and in that way he could relate with that period.


Speaking on why he chose to do the movie, the Producer and Director Biyi Bandele state that he was tired of seeing movies that claimed to be African but when watched, one will discover that the story is actually not centered around Africa. His contact with the book Half of a yellow sun, berth the inspiration to do a movie that will truly tell an African story.


HALF OF A YELLOW SUN has been slated for release on the 25th of April 2014 but not before it’s official Africa premiere which will take place on Saturday 13th of April 2014. It’s a movie with the necessary ingredient a of a good movie and no one will be disappointed after watching.


Below is  the synopsis of the movie;

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newlyindependent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters,the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world. A sweeping romantic drama, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN takes the sisters and their lovers on a journey through the war which is powerful,  intensely emotional and, as the response of readers around the world has shown, it is a story which can touch everyone’s heart.

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