Free To Fly: Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie Finally Approved

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has approved 77 movies including the controversial screen adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s book, Half of A Yellow Sun, directed by Biyi Bandele.

According to the Board’s Corporate Affairs representative, Caesar Kagho, the film which stars Academy Awards nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hollywood star, Thandie Newton and A list Nollywood actors, has been approved for viewership in Nigeria and rated “18″.

“All approved movies fulfilled the regulatory conditions stipulated by the NFVCB,” Mr Kagho said.

This approval is coming days after producers of the movie enlisted it for online viewing in the United States of America.

Other exhibition movies approved to show in cinemas include: Edge of Tomorrow (18), Tokarev(18), Maleficent(15), Vampire Academy(18), Blended(15), Dead Drop(18), 22 Jump Street(18), Holiday A Soldier is never off Duty(18), Finding Fela (18), How to Train your Dragon(18), Under the Skin(18), The Fault in our Stars(18), Half of a Yellow Sun(18), Million Dollar Arm(12) and Transformers: Age of Extinction(18).

In the none exhibition category meant for home audience, 62 movies were approved of which 16 were in English, 25 Yoruba, 19 Hausa and 2 Ibibio languages respectively.

Only one of the 62 approved for home release, “Bakan Dabo” a Hausa language movie, is rated “G” for General Viewing.

An Ibibio language movie “Minika” is the only production rated “12” in June 2014 NFVCB approvals.

Twenty-five movies were classified “15” including “Abi Doka” (Hausa), “Aja Saba Ekun” (Yoruba), “Family Conflicts” (English), “Amada” (Hausa), “Beeky Benson” (Yoruba), “Man over Board” (English) “Babban Lasan” (Hausa), “Ejomiko” (Yoruba), “Mask of sorrow” (English).

Another Thirty – five movies were classified “18” including “uko Iden” (Ibibio), “Afopina” (Yoruba), “Biloniya” (Hausa), “Chameleons”(English), “Ajogunba” (Yoruba), “Dalilina” (Hausa), “Cry of a Mother Inlaw” (English), “Eto” (Yoruba) “Mu Mama” (Hausa), and “Wet Blanket” (English).

For the movies classified “G” and “12”, there was no consumer advice while “15” rated movies had consumer advice on imitable technique, strong language, violence, and rituals.

For those classified “18” NFVCB issued the consumer advice on ritual, strong language, horrific visuals, and imitable technique.

Other movies approved in the home category with varying classification ranging from “G” – “18” include:

“Fatima Bin tu” (Hausa), “Make a Movie” (English), “Mama inna” (Hausa), “Eyi mi” (Yoruba), “Where Talent lies” (English), “Eshin Okoku” (Yoruba), “Coming to Lagos” (English), “Duniyar Nan” (Hausa), “Man Overboard” (English) etc.

In another development, the NFVCB is set to burn N10M (Ten Million Naira) worth of pornographic and unwholesome movies seized within FCT and environs during targeted operation between January to June 2014.

In the operations which covered Gwagwalada, Karu, Kubwa, Wuse market and Airport Road, over 2 million films were seized, of which sixty percent were pornographic while forty percent were uncensored, unwholesome and pirated.

The board is currently working with the Federal Ministry of Environment to secure a dump site to burn the seized films.

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