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#BringBackOurGirls – Anika Noni Rose: “The World Was Shamed into Being Concerned”

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Anika Noni Rose scored herself the role of Kainene, the feisty twin sister of Olanna (Thandie Newton) in the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s “Half of a Yellow Sun“. Her portrayal is a sight to behold.

At the press conference in Lagos, the movie’s director Biyi Bandele revealed exclusively to BellaNaija.com that Anika was the biggest diva on set.

In a chat with Essence Magazine, Anika speaks on the movie, her Tony award nomination and #BringBackOurGirls.

On the 200+ Chibok girls abducted, she says;
“It’s awful. The real tragedy is, yes, that the girls were taken at all, but the fact that the world was not concerned until they were shamed into being concerned. That is a perfect example of things that need to be said out loud. Somebody should have been calling those girls’ names out loud, day one, and brought attention to that. Women, young women particularly, but women in general, often get dragged into war. We are not the ones brandishing the weapons, often. We are not the ones making the decisions often that cause war to happen. We are the ones that are dragged in kicking and screaming, either because our children are snatched or we are snatched or rape is used as a weapon. We often are the ones who suffer for that, and I find that atrocious and shameful and sad, extraordinarily sad.”

On the banning of the film in Nigeria: “I say it’s disappointing. You can’t hide history. You can’t. You can put as much dirt over it as you want to, but sooner or later, it’s going to grow through or poke through or blast through. You don’t want it to blast through, because that means you’re now in the cycle of repeat. That’s the reason we want to see history and share history and talk about history so that you don’t get caught in the cycle of repetition. That is for everybody, every human, because we are human and because it is our tendency to repeat. We are at turns wonderful and giving and kind and then the other end we are atrocious and awful and inhumane. Those are the things that we don’t want to repeat.”

On if she can speak Igbo: “My favorite Igbo word was “Mba” which means “No.” It just sounds like it means no. “Mba!”

To read the full interview, click here

6 Comments

  1. mouth mouth

    May 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    NIGERIA IS A DOOMED COUNTRY, 419, NO ELECTRICITY , JUJU RITUALS, OCCULTISM , POVERTY FIRST CLASS, 220MILL EXTREMELY POOR , 30MILL RICH INDIVIDUALS, CRIMINALS, PROSTITUTION FIRST CLASS, WATER GODS, DOOMED POLITICIANS, HOPELESS GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THE WIFE

    • Wife of the Don

      May 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Chaiiii chaiii all this for us? Darrissss God ooooo Darriss God oooo

  2. me2me

    May 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Mouth mouth, na you get mouth pass, everything you channel to the president. When you got pregnant was it the president that helped. Anyways back to my point, according to the constitution and the laws guiding Nigeria which I agree needs to be changed, we are not allowed to bring up things that will fuel anger or remind people of what they are trying to forget. Until that law is changed, sorry is the case. They might have waved it but the problem is, at this time when Islamic extremist are killing, releasing such a sensitive film may sensitize the Igbos, especially if the story is not told well. They should have done their research well. Anyways that’s my long 1cent

  3. @edDREAMZ

    May 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Nigeria is doomed no doubt, so if no say yu get long leg kuku run leave go for another country go reside bcos story don change here…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. chidi

    May 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Mezme i agree with putting off the movie for now but banning it is totally wrong , disheartening and not encouraging for the writer and the artists as legal as the case may be. Talking about the research of the movie she told the story from an equi-balanced point despite portraying a characters experience, honey before you speak against someones work please YOU SHOULD GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT! first.

  5. RITA LOLLY

    August 3, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Diariss God ooo where is this country going to?

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