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Why was Genevieve Nnaji Absent at the BFI London Film Festival Premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun?



Half of a Yellow Sun London Premiere - October 2013 - BellaNaija

Was Genny being a diva by skipping the London premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun?

File this under So False!

After the BFI London Film Festival Premiere of the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s best selling novel on Saturday 19th October 2013 at the Odeon West End, UK, the movie’s director Biyi Bandele took to Facebook to share why the movie star wasn’t present.

Genevieve Nnaji - October 2013 - BellaNaija

It was the “flu” he shared via his official Facebook page. Genevieve arrived London for the premiere but couldn’t attend because of it.

It would have been another style moment from her. She rocked a white Andrea Iyamah jumpsuit at the Toronto International Film Festival. (click here to see)

He also thanked fans who came for the premiere, read the message below.

Just got back from the BFI London Film Festival European premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun at the Odeon West End. Humbled and moved by the rapturous reception the audience gave it. It was also great to see the hardest working actor on our hemisphere, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the great John Boyega, and the amazing Babou Ceesay, and the one and only Onyeka Onwenu. And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, of course. Without whom… We missed Thandie, who is on location in Vancouver. We missed Genevieve, who flew in for the premiere and promptly went down with a flu (mind yourself o, London weather). What a night though. What a night.

Hopefull Genny is getting better now.


  1. Gistyinka Blog

    October 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Get well soon genny

  2. Modella

    October 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Sorry darling

  3. Rex

    October 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    This whole Genevieve issue is making a nonsense out of this movie. It’s sad how even the movie director has made her as important if not even more than his project. This movie now feels mediocre to me.

    • Dee-USA

      October 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      You must really hate Genevieve if the thought of the director giving her a shout out reduces the movie to mediocre to you. Like it or not, she’s a movie star in Nigeria and he is quite aware of that. He and the producers would ideally like this movie to be an international hit and the Nigerian movie-watching Naira is just as important as any other currency out there. So I don’t see why he shouldn’t talk about the Nigerian stars involved in the project.

      The good thing is that the movie wouldn’t succeed or struggle on just your support (or lack of it) alone. Let’s hope others wouldn’t hold such a silly issue against the movie and it’s ensemble cast.

  4. Ani

    October 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Haba Rex, take am easy. The director also mentioned other names. But anyways that’s your own opinion.

  5. lisa

    October 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    he mentioned other names as well but bella mentioned genny because thats our business…..

  6. trufactoid

    October 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    hahahaha the height of Nollywood desperation

  7. nene

    October 24, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    it doesn’t matter if she’s there or not. she only had a small part.

    • Iris

      October 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      The way God will bless you…I think Genevieve is one of Nollywood’s best actresses but I am sooo tired of all this fuss about her in the movie for what was a minor role. To be honest I didn’t even remember the Ms Adebayo character initially. The girl sef hasn’t even talked but we have fought wars for her over this movie

    • Mandie

      October 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Albeit most of which was edited out.

  8. omotfan

    October 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm


  9. CarliforniaBawlar

    October 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Question….tell me what you feel about this……

  10. chinedu arinze

    October 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Wether she played minor role or not na because of her
    majority of nigerias will watch d films,she’s. A superstar,we can’t
    talk abt nigeria movie witout her

    • H's boo

      October 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

      speak for yourself.

  11. Chyke

    October 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Genny get well soon. People are hating but you are still in the movie. Onyeka Onwenu is evergreen

  12. kelvin

    October 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

    genevieve nnaji is a supertstar ….. like it or not ghana
    will only be interested in ds movie cos of her…..

  13. Huraira

    October 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Get well soon pls

  14. me

    October 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    my genny is not as desperate as others whom we all know
    her. she would have forced her self to b there just to belong.
    thats why am soo in love with queen genny. she goes with the flow.
    get well soon my role model.

  15. ogeAdiro

    October 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Genevieve is arguably the most successful actor/actress in Africa. Number 19 on Forbes’ 40 most powerful celebrities in Africa. The only African actor/actress to make the cut by the way. She’s the real deal ma nig, them others be perpetrating… Fasho! Not even a Naija movies fan. Just riding.

  16. lily

    October 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t agree with you . she is just an actress and she
    doesn’t have big roles. and she is not a big deal and not the best
    in nollywood.

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