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Chiwetel Ejiofor, OC Ukeje, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Don Jazzy, Onyeka Onwenu & Arunma Oteh at the BFI London Film Festival Premiere of “Half of a Yellow Sun”



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The adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s best selling novel Half of a Yellow Sun premiered at the  57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End, London, UK on Sunday 19th October 2013.

The cast and crew of the production including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Onyeka Onwenu, Biyi Bandele and OC Ukeje as well as music star Don Jazzy, DG Securities and Exchange Commission Arunma Oteh, Nimi Akinkugbe and HOAYS Executive producer Yewande Sadiku, were present at the premiere.

Check it out!


OC Ukeje

Chiwetel Ejiofor

OC Ukeje

OC Ukeje

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele

Babou Ceesay

Babou Ceesay

Yewande Sadiku & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Yewande Sadiku & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nimi Akinkugbe, Arunma Oteh, Onyeka Onwenu &

Nimi Akinkugbe, Arunma Oteh, Onyeka Onwenu & Yewande Sadiku

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Don Jazzy

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Yewande Sadiku & Don Jazzy

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    October 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Cute photos!!!!

  2. Rex

    October 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I can’t help but notice that all the Nigerian cast of this Movie are of Igbo decent. I haven’t read the book , is this as a result of the Book? ( meaning the characters of the book are all Igbo)?

    • Vee

      October 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Not all the characters in the book are Ibo…e.g. Genevieves character, Ms Adebayo. And actor John Boyega is not Ibo either. With that said….I dont think the casting has anything to do with tribe. That’s my opinion.

    • tbn

      October 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Read what she wrote well. She said the Nigerian actors (ie cast) are of Igbo decent and not the characters of the movie.

    • Vee

      October 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      @ TBN Read and understand well. Rex also mentioned that the cast were of ibo descent possibly because the characters in the book were all Ibo…so I was simply saying not all characters in the book are ibo and not all the Nigerian actors are of ibo descent, hence my example. Genny, an Ibo acting as a Yoruba and John, Yoruba acting as an Ibo. Finish!

    • Nneks

      October 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      @tbn and Rex…not everyone on the red carpet acted in the film, they are just supporters……last I checked John Boyega (one of the main characters) and Wale Ojo and a few others acted in the movie…

    • CEO

      October 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      the story is about the Nigerian civil war

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      October 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I’ve got a feeling you might have to clarify what the
      Nigerian civil war was about for this person…

    • naughty

      October 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Chiamanda, always uses igbo characters…even in her books,
      be it americanah, purple hibiscus, the thing around the neck…and
      it is the same…talking about igbo people and their lives abroad
      and in Nigeria….Am on the 3rd book and it is kind of
      boring…because it is the same igbo characters…


      October 25, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Really? THE SAME IGBO CHARACTER’S. You will find that all
      the millions of Igbo people out there are all different.

    • Lovlyn

      October 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Na waa o, it’s her book now. She has the right to write about whatever she wants…..just like you and everyone else has the right to read what they WANT to.

    • chum chum

      October 25, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Wait o, apart from all this explanations don’t you think IGBO people are freaking good at what they do *wink*

    • Dapo

      October 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Dont you think Yoruba people dont make noise, when they do great things, cos they are used to it, just like white and black people, when a black man make a movie, they celebrate. When a white make a movie, its no new thing..

    • Mocha

      December 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Yes, the book is set in Eastern Nigeria which logically means, Igbo folks would translate the roles better. I don’t see why this is an observation though because it wouldn’t be the 1st time a group would be comprised solely of one ethnic group.

  3. gotta have it

    October 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    amazing photos…..Chimamanda looks stunnnninngg! her smiles, everything! like shes enjoying every bit of her look, from he head to her feet

  4. X- Factor

    October 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Well Dressed!


    October 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    nice pics

  6. CEO

    October 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    yea, the characters in the book are pretty much all Igbo, its set in Eastern Nigeria.

  7. Cocobutter

    October 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    When would the film be shown at cinemas?

  8. Nackadamus

    October 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Sunglasses at night….Babiala tinz

    • lola

      October 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      no mind am. He carry im razzness go London. Please take a cue from Chiwetel my baby.

    • Faith Kel.

      October 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm


  9. Don'tcare

    October 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I hated that Chiamanda’s hairstyle when i was little. It’s called “kpafinga”, was soo painful to make. smh

    • Angel

      October 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      YES OOOO

    • hot mama

      October 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Hated it too…usually had boils after making it…’twas also called ‘kiko’,it kinda looks cute on her tho…

  10. lola

    October 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    who are all these other people? I only give two fuggs about the cast,directors and producers. and not all these other attaches.

    • Fine lady

      October 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Ah! Lola attached sha. Yewande Sadiku is a Director or so in Stanbic o and Tunde Folawiyo is a business mogul and part of the Yinka Folawiyo group. I wonder wetin them dey find there tho, maybe them sponspor am?

    • lola

      October 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      lol. i know na. i know those ones are the executive producers. The real Irokos. And of course Chimamanda. I know the ones im shading. The attaches know themselves.

  11. Emeka

    October 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Amazing photos! read the book over and over again. cant wait to see the movie already.

  12. Tess

    October 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love Chimamanda’s hair!

  13. jumanji

    October 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    where is Genny baby?

  14. nene

    October 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    chiwetel looking like a son of the soil! oc ukeje looks mighty fine on this red carpet.

  15. Tikka Masala

    October 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Lawd! Someone please get Chimamanda a stylist? I was doing “ok” til I saw that random white patch on her dress. Smh.

    • Non professional opinion

      October 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

      She looks like a Guaraunty Trust Bank. In truth it’s not a bad dress, just ill-fitting.

    • Slimgirl

      October 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      [email protected] Guaranty Trust Bank!!!

  16. Nne mara nma

    October 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Don’t care oooo. you killed it! “kpafinga”

  17. wow, I love that African threading hairstyle! and people
    say it’s for village people and little children. I’ll continue to
    wear whatever style I so please, regardless of what naysayers are

  18. Justanopinion

    October 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Chimamanda looks pretty, her hair matches her shoes. Onyeka
    Onwenu looking regal as usual. Nice photos of talented

  19. l

    October 25, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Chimamanda’s hair is old fashioned but beautiful. She is
    definitely rocking it!

  20. l

    October 25, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Won’t be surprised if people now start threading their
    hair…going back to the 80s…:)

  21. NNENNE

    October 25, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Go Chimamanda, rock that hair! It is called confidence.
    Lovely pictures. FYI. This movie was produced by Biyi Bamidele and
    Yewande Sadiku. Chimamanda merely wrote the book. She has nothing
    to do with it. Just saying…

  22. King Muhammad XLIX

    October 25, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I can’t help but to notice Chimamanda’s hairdo. It reminds
    me of Olannah, one of fictitious characters in her new novel
    Americanah. The question now is, “Is Olannah, her alter ego or is
    this a publicity stunt drawing attention to the book? Abeg, I am
    not saying the book never get recognition o. It Don get as She Don
    win one writers award For US. Anyway I no dey talk anything

  23. Don Smiley

    October 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

    These are nice pictures. But seriously, did the contingent of Nigerian ‘aunties’, Nimi Akinkugbe, Arunma Oteh, and Yewande Sadiku, have to look like matrons? This is a premiere fr Christ’s sake? A red carpet event not a Mother’s Union retreat?

    And while on the subject, Arunma needs to get a personal trainer and hit the gym fast. Her weight is getting out of control. The lady likes her portions a wee too much. I’ve seen her at the buffet table on more than one occasion, and she does pile up the servings. Not good for her.

    Thank goodness for Chimamanda, Chiwetel, and OC Ukeje who repped the Nigerian flag with stylish turnouts. Though I don’t know her name, the lady in the long beige dress with her hand on her waist is so well put together. More of her please.

    As usual, thanks to BN for sharing these with us. The sky is your limit.

  24. Chum chum

    October 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Chimamanda baby why didnt you do okoso instead of kpafinga lol. #daysofmymamas

  25. ij

    October 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

    chai i can still remember doing the all back thread style with the plastic shiny thread, i will now have by force cat eyes, then my grandma will now apply satin sheen hair conditioner to the parts on my hair. kai simpler times

    • Anon

      October 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Satin sheen for all the beautiful things…….
      Or so the song went.
      Blue hair “pomade” as some called it in a nicely shaped glass bottle.

  26. Syms

    October 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Lol! “Simbi goes 2 school” hairstyle. I’m quite sure many of those that think this hairstyle is cute is just because they like her, or because she’s a celeb. Imagine it on a “non celeb”………. It’s fine on her sha. On her o! Lmao! I know….. I like her too.

    • AA

      October 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Yes, we like her and we think she is cute because she is a positive contributor to our society. What have you done lately???

  27. iba

    October 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I love Chimamanda’s novel. Heaven knows but i aint feeling this look on her head. Wow

  28. chibuzor

    October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    @naughty, a writer writes what he/she knows or can relate with or investigate and explore about, same way Edwin clarkes stories reflected the Ijaw Niger Delta,Soyinkas Ake and co reflect his Yoruba background and his knowledge of the customs and cultures and other writers like that if you open your mind past the Nigerian tribal borders that appear to be holding it back you would appreciate that this happens globally. Lets get past this tribal thought process please

    • Guys Perspective

      October 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      @chibuzor, Edwin Clark is not a writer, his brother JP Clark is the writer cum poet.

  29. chibuzor

    October 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    @Don Smiley, i would think peeps would dress to look comfortable and not make you feel happy. their dress styles reflect their ages and cultures as well as their preference, lets learn to respect individuality instead of having to lump everyone into a western acceptable look. yeah its good to keep healthy and eat healthy but lets not exploit annonymity to excuse rudeness

  30. Ready

    October 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Ahhh…kini Tunde Folawiyo n wa nibe? Your scandal awaits you in Nigeria, sir.

    Amebo aside, I’m uber excited for Chiewetel Ejiofor. The reviews for 12 Years A Slave are terrific! I’m happy that African actors are making waves…if they won’t write scripts for us, let’s write them ourselves and finance it via kickstarter et al.

    • Anon

      October 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      There’s no scandal. LOL. Watched C. Ejiofor on the Daily Show last night. They were reviewing 12 years a slave too. Can’t wait to see it.

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