050414 Half-of-a-Yellow-Sun
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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  • Anthony

    I’m looking forward to seeing this movie!

  • Von

    So very true, Nigeria can not hide from it’s past.

  • Shanae

    While I think the film was sub-par, not just in relation to the text but in that the director is clearly not mature enough to have handled such a large, substantial work, it is unfortunate that this story will not be told in Nigeria.

    I like to believe that Nigeria is forward thinking and progressive, but this article proves otherwise and makes me doubt the possibility of a thriving, equal future for the nation and its people.

    And when you consider all the nonsense films that Nollywood produces regularly, I am quite disgusted that the Nigerian Video Films and Censors Board would ban something as thought-provoking as HALF OF A YELLOW SUN.

    I sure hope this changes.