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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Cinema Release of Half of a Yellow Sun Postponed

The highly anticipated movie, Half of a Yellow Sun(HOAYS) will no longer be showing today in the cinema as earlier announced. This is due to delay in obtaining public viewing certification from Censor’s Board. A new cinema date will be announced as soon as regulatory issues are sorted out.
We appreciate everybody that has shown any form of concern to what has been tagged the biggest movie from Africa, we assure you that the movie will be worth the wait.

The $10million movie has made history as the first African movie to get international release dates in countries like the UK, US, Australia, Portugal, Middle East and New Zealand. It is also the first Nigerian movie to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. It is already showing in UK. Continue...


HOAYS Movie, is an adaptation of Chimamanda Adiche’s bestselling and award winning novel of same title. It stars OSCAR nominee and BAFTA award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyega, Wale Ojo, Tina Mba, Zack Orji and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

It was directed by UK-based Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele and was produced by winner of an OSCAR and three BAFTAs Andrea Calderwood and Yewande Sadiku , an investment banker.
For more details on the movie: https://www.facebook.com/HalfOfAYellowSunMovie and on twitter @bigsammedia @filmoneng @HOAYSMovie

71 comments:

nekysparkles said...

Cnt wait to see dis movie

Alloy Chikezie said...

Can't wait for that movie to be out


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Amanda REGINALD said...

Gud for them.
I ddnt plan on seeing it anyways.

Juliet Dike said...

WTH!!! And I was hoping to see it this weekend.....

@edDREAMZ said...

As far as am concern, the top acts are not nigerians and for that reason and reason alone, the film is not nigerian movie abeg.
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>>>BringBackOurGirls<<<
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

UCHE said...

Why did they ban it sef?




LOL I don't know how true this story is but its very funny LMAO

Angie Cape said...

Will no longer show in cinema today becos of FEAR OF BOKO HARAM. ..lol

#BringBackOurGirls
#JonaDivideNigeria
#EnoughIsEnough


*My R1.50c comment *

@edDREAMZ said...

Am sure the delay is because of that sex part no doubt but who dont knw about sex in naija abeg....
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>>>BringBackOurGirls<<<
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

JEWEL said...

Waiting. But thy shuld nt allow my pussy get dry.....chiewtel killing me softly

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Can't wait to see that movie.Our overzealous censors board,if its blackberry girls, Nneka my Queen, The Iphone babes,they will release it asap,but the one we stand to learn so much from they'll holdback.
#BringBackOurGirls

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Lyndy Mk said...

That's great news, though I know its temporary. Immorality sells these days, so I kno its just a matter of time bf its released. I'm beginnin to suspect dt Adichie of a lady. Her faith has been compromised for fame. What a shame!

Sylvonce said...

It's stil b censored cuz of the "Semi Nudity" wch Naijas ain't used to and knowing our cinemas, even a 'kid' wil eventually stil watch and b giving u inquisitive looks like say na u carry am come watch..

Debbie Chelsea said...

Cnt wait 2 see dis movie

omojolowo oluwafemi said...

av we ever asked ourselves why dey call dis a ''Nigerian'' movie, wen Nigeria is one of the last places it wud be shown, uk, canada and odas av ceen it b4 d ppl dey claim it emanated 4rm and dey still call it a Nigeriaan movie,

**SMH** lets stop decieving ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Stale news!!!

Shoutozone said...

Let dem unfold dis film already... Fingers crosed, mouth opened

Zenki Moye Brown said...

cant wait to see dis movie.

#bringbackourgirls#

Lovina Ikani said...

I understand y d release is being delayed. This film can end up sprouting more hate from the igbos towards the hausas due to the incidents of the past. I think that is very bad esp in this kind of state we are in Nigeria now. I really don't the usefulness of the book/film when it's just to remind us of the scars of the past. Chimamanda's books are always negative Purple Hibiscus- Violence and Murder, Half Of A Yellow Sun- War and Strife, Americanah- Racism and The Thing Around Your Neck- A complete Compilation of the above. And to be sincere the book really increased my hate for the hausas when am supposed to be growing out of that. We don't need that kind of negative energy, not now...not ever! #Love

Peejay said...

I'm so bored.

tomisyn said...

Been checking cinemas site 4 ds movie like everyday like I knew it was gonna get postponed...dey r really keeping us in high anticipation

Maple leaf said...

Pls have a cheerful heart.The more u try to teanish Linda d more she progresses.I was tot to rejoice with the "moving ahead "people and it testimony all about to the glory og GOD. I hv noticed u hid under anonymuos to unleash ur anger.

Maple leaf said...

Learn to love my dear.Jesus is coming soon.wetin Linda do you? Accept Christ today and have dominon over spirit of jealousy.

hilary obiorah said...

Nigerian government is so afraid to let Nigerians think for themselves they will do about anything to make sure we don't know the truth about the Biafran war no matter how little. Ever wonder why there hasn't being any movie about the Biafran war?

Maple leaf said...

Movied are rated with age .

Obinna Azubuko said...

JUST THINKING. . .
WHAT DO WE CALL THIS MOVIE NOW
NOLLYWOOD OR HOLLYWOOD?

wanday said...

Them delaying the movie is just silly. Movies with more nudity are being shown at d cinemas. Who are they kidding. That's what film rating are for. I just feel the movie was delayed cus some oga at the top was not bribed.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why I can't help but think that the reluctance of the censor board to grant approval for this movie viewing is a deliberate malicious intent. Phps they're scared at the resentment this movie will bring to some quarters(especially the Igbo) on its account of civil war or the antecedent it will give Nigerians to justify or judge some present actions and inactions of govt. Especially at this sensitive period of Bokoharam onslaught and when election is close by. They might be afraid of its capability to incite some quarters to action and perhaps iys negative consequentialities.If you have read the book, you will understand my point of view.
Any whichway, this is not enough reason to stop the show cos Nigerians will still watch it Either in the cinemas or the downloaded cinema version(in other countries) online. I just wouldn't want the producer to loose out the Nigerian marlet especially now that our Cinema culture is improving and getting profitable.
They've spent a lot on that movie, they deserve their reward.

@snr_pappy, @pappyz_missile

Anonymous said...

Censors Board didnt approve some scenes cos of Boko Haram. They said the part where someone said 'these Hausa soldiers are coming to kill us' is inciting. They claim it might infuriates Boko Haram the more. How pathetic. Did Hausa soldiers kill the Igbo or not? Why must Boko Haram keep holding us to ransom. Am suspecting this is happening bvos the DG of Censors' board is an Hausa woman.

olubukola luro said...

Femi marry me already..... u just spoke my mind

Anonymous said...


Thank you ooooo Bona!!!! Linda pls add Like buttons for comments

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... we saw that coming See The 14-Year-Old Boy With The Monster 7 Foot Fish He Caught!

Anonymous said...

CIRCLE AWARD

Half of a Yellow Sun

BIYI BANDELE
UK, Nigeria, 2013, 106 minutes, digital, Color, official site
Starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave), Hollywood starlet Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible II) and based on the acclaimed novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun chronicles an extended family's perseverance during Nigeria's brutal civil war from 1967 to 1970, Half of a Yellow Sun is the triumphant directorial debut of Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele. As Nigeria celebrates its early 1960s freedom from British rule, well-to-do sisters Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) go their own ways, Olanna to set up house with radical academic Odenigbo (Ejiofor) and Kainene, eventually, to a relationship with gentle British teacher Richard (Joseph Mawle). As tensions spread throughout the country, conflicts break out in the families as well, forcing frantic relocations and stretching the bonds of sisterhood to the limit. Working from his own astute adaptation of the narratively complex book, Bandele has constructed an urgent epic that deservedly won the People's Choice award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. —Eddie Cockrell

In English and Igbo with English subtitles

Saturday April 19 4:15 PM AMC Mazza Gallerie $12.00
Sunday April 20 7:30 PM AMC Mazza Gallerie $12.00

Anonymous said...

Half of a Yellow Sun, adapted from the novel by acclaimed author Chimamanda Adichie, cannot decide whether it should tell the story of the Biafran War that divided Nigeria in the late 1960s or the soapy drama of two sisters and the petty fights that force them apart. So it does both—badly. The first 40 minutes chronicle the lives of 30-ish siblings Olanna and Kainene (played by 40-something actresses Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose) and their respective partners, the revolutionary Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the calm British academic Richard (Joseph Mawle) as they squabble and cheat on each other in the Nigerian university town of Nsukka. The next 40 minutes cover the war, during which the Christian Igbos created the new nation of Biafra and the leading characters issue a d├ętente for the good of the country. But amid the explosions and heavy political discourse, the actors can’t work with a plodding script and inconsistent tone. If you’re curious about the Biafran War, read Adiche’s book and skip the film.

Olumide Ojimi said...

@edDREAMS..... i personally think your comment is the worst av ever seen on a social platform.. now, who isnt Nigerian????

DeltaDiva said...

The Nigerian censorship board have banned half a yellow sun due to security concerns. I am a journalist and they told me in an interview that it will cause tension between ethnic groups in Nigeria because of Biafra war references.

Anonymous said...

@ Maple leaf..really? Thanks for the info professor

Anonymous said...

Igbos should be wise
This country is denying them their right
~Onahboy

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous 12.44 th movie isnt abt d war. It is story of love in time of war. If u want d war account, see d book but if u want something entertaining n account if two sisters who found love n hatred, see d movie. I dare say this is the best I have seen from Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Me 2 :( Was supposta go see it next week. Nyways I gat faith----C21

Anonymous said...

Diz movie should betr nt b anoda waste of resources oo! Nollywood oshi!

Anonymous said...

So so right.....obvious your comment are worth my time

lloyd oliver said...

My thought exactly @ Maple leaf. The Nigeria censors board has a long way to go! Obviously, they have bunch of illiterates that don't know what movie rating is all about. I mean what is a love movie without some nudity? Chiwetel and thandie are Hollywood materials and they delivered their role perfectly including the love scene. I just pray this is not a tribal issue since the novel depicts what happened during the Nigerian civil war and the mention of Biafra. I just pray this is not the case...I really want to see that movie.

lloyd oliver said...

@ Femi, that's because Nigeria will never appreciate what they have until its gone. Other notable countries like Canada,US, UK, Australia and even countries like portugal and the middle east have all approved and given it an international release date, but Nigeria censors board is proving to be a hard nut to crack for reasons i can't comprehend. For christ sake, this is a movie based on an award winning novel. Its an international film that's why its the first Nigerian movie to be recognised by these countries. @ Olubukola, please marry him now because I want to eat rice.

lloyd oliver said...

My thought exactly @ Maple leaf. The Nigeria censors board has a long way to go! Obviously, they have bunch of illiterates that don't know what movie rating is all about. I mean what is a love movie without some nudity? Chiwetel and thandie are Hollywood materials and they delivered their role perfectly including the love scene. I just pray this is not a tribal issue since the novel depicts what happened during the Nigerian civil war and the mention of Biafra. I just pray this is not the case...I really want to see that movie.

Anonymous said...

I watched the movie in London 3 weeks ago. A brilliant film, it must be seen by all Nigerians.

Anonymous said...

I watched the movie in London 3 weeks ago. A brilliant film, it must be seen by all Nigerians.

Vivian Chekwube said...

Do u knw I actually came into town cuz of this movie. .. dey jst spoilt my day. I hope dey show it soon

Anonymous said...

It is almost certainly about Biafra. Nobody wants the bloody sad past resurrected in a time when the country is divided, torn apart and in freefall.

Anonymous said...

Did the Igbos ignite the war or not? What were they expecting, awards and kisses? When you create a storm, do not complain about the rain! Igbos should shut up, there was a war and they lost. The world has moved on. No work of fiction or hatred of Northerners (who showed kindness to the Igbos that the Igbos will not have shown had they won) will change that.

Anonymous said...

@Lovina, much as I see reason wit you but history needs telling. We can not go further as a nation if the various perspectives are not brought to the fore.

liberty said...

oh can't wait to see the movie, read the novel.

liberty said...

Can't wait to watch the movie. Hope its gonna be interesting than the novel. Lol

liberty said...

You're right sister but it's just the world we live in. Don't hate.

liberty said...

Lovina you're right but it's just the world we live in, its just like the racist movie we watch you know of our black past like the recent movie 12years a slave, i almost hated whites but its not worth it. We just learn how it was 500-1000 years ago. It is well.

omalichaspeaks.blogspot.com said...

They should hurry up jor. Can't wait to see the movie.
My Heartbreak Story- click my name to read this woman's story.

Anonymous said...

I watched a private screening of this movie in Dallas, TX recently and was blown away. A very well done movie and a must for all Nigerians. At the end of the movie, the African Americans in the room were eager to know about Biafra. Fortunately, there was a Nigerian guy in attendance that related his family's experience of hiding in bunkers, hunger, dead bodies and bombs going off during the war. Anyway, for those of you that can watch it, you will not regret your decision.

edee said...

I don't think it's d nudity that is delaying d release.I think it's a tribal issue.the movie depicts d sufferings of the south-east folks during d biafran war.so....

Ezenwa Vis Samsung c3222 said...

Its because the movie has been over hyped in Nigeria that those stupid censors board people are holding it.They know the owners would make more money from the movie and for that they want their own share.#Ndioshi
Release our movie for us abeg!

H Swen said...

Wow, crazy

aboveDfray said...

Naija hypocrites, una too dey do holy holy...una dey pretend say una never see sex scene before. I bet una freaky pass anything behind close door. Abeg make una grow up and release the movie, it's not for children. Some of una go rather adults watch Sesame Street for cinema SMDH

daniels seyi said...

cant wait to watjch it mhen

daniels seyi said...

nice film cant wait for it to come out

Rita Usman said...

Dey should release the film o I really want to watch the film can't wait any longer

Nkem said...

Am sorry to disappoint the NFVCB if they think the film will ignite tribal sentiments then they are way behind times. Whether we like it or not and sadly too Naija is deeply divided along tribal n religious lines and one film wnt make the difference. This is just our terrible culture of killing our own. Why did they wait until the time of release to bring up their stupid reasons whether nudity or tribal sentiments. Anyway they will not succeed in raining on Chimamanda's parade. Naija will be the loser cos wt this kind of treatment we will continue to ave brain drain.

Anonymous said...

They're censoring it so as not to incite the public. The movie is a war story. No talking about past wars when the country's in the midst of another.

Nkemforever said...

Methinks too that some people need their palms to be greased. No be Naija we dey? Pls Biyi B if Naija refuses to air the film go to other countries who will gladly show it. Yeye people.

Anonymous said...

Liberty, did you state 500-1000 years ago? You should spend more time studying and less making dumb comments.

JBayo said...

We can't continue to hid the fact of the past if we want to move ahead in unity. The novel came then the movie. The Board should just rated and censor it. We cannot be living in fear of one tribe against the others. We should talk freely about the civil war so that we can know what happened. Where fact are misrepresented from one section the other can present their own version.

Anonymous said...

Who is trying to sabotage this movie

chigo said...

Well on the good side, The delay is keeping nigerians in suspence. Most people will be eager to watch the movie for the fact the the NVFCB banned it. It makes me more curious to wanna watch the movie. @ the person that says chimamanda writes negative. Also know she is a very brilliant writter and her writtings are just down to earth and truthful. Eventually we r all gonna get to see the movie somehow...

PHENTIOLAJESU said...

My own is history has to be told. Cant we take a que from South Africa and and hw Nelson Mandela's stories ave been made into different movies gosh ave lost count sef and that was apartheid oooh n d white people r still in South Africa with d blacks. Mbok release d movie and lets move on...Ave read d book n i enjoyed it.I will like to c d movie.

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