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The Nigerian Video Films and Censors Board has recently banned a public viewing of the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” because a particular scene referencing the Biafran war might incite violence in the country.

In a blog post in The New Yorker, the award-winning author describes the board’s actions as unreasonable and emphasized the need to revisit the past as a prerequisite to move forward. While she agrees that Nigeria’s political atmosphere is unstable because of upcoming elections and the Boko Haram attacks and abductions, she feels that Nigerians can’t hide from history.

“Many of Nigeria’s present problems are, arguably, consequences of an ahistorical culture…The past is present, and we are better off acknowledging it and, hopefully, learning from it,” she writes.

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