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Nigerian Censors delay “Half of a Yellow Sun” Release

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Nigerians will unfortunately not see Chiwetel Ejiofor, Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu and Thandie Newton in the “movie of the year” at the cinemas anytime soon.

Last week, it was announced that the release date of the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s best selling novel – “Half of a Yellow Sun” was moved from Friday 25th April 2014 to today Friday 2nd May 2014.

Due to the fact that it is yet to be certified, the screening has been postponed.

Read the press release sent to BN Movies & TV;

Shareman Media, the Nigerian producers, and FilmOne Distribution, the Nigerian distributors, of the feature film, Half of a Yellow Sun, announces as follows:

“The public release of Half of a Yellow Sun in Nigeria remains postponed due to the fact that the National Film and Video Censors Board has not yet certified the film. The release date will be announced once the Board has certified the film for release to the public.

The producers and distributors of the film regret this continuing delay. We are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming interest shown in the film by Nigerians everywhere. Please be assured that we are doing everything within our means to achieve certification and release as soon as possible.”

33 Comments

  1. Ayodele

    May 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Nigeria this is how we drop the ball when we ought to make an easy score. what is all the ceremony about the censoring? 18 simple. Afterall anyone younger who wants to watch it will anyway.

  2. Ayodele

    May 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    instead of supporting and showcasing a well made movie we are drowning it in fake inefficient red tape.

  3. Noble (http://www.lagosconvo.com)

    May 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    There’s a spirit ravaging the country. That spirit makes it easy for billions(in dollars) to be stolen, makes it possible for our girls to be adducted, makes it fine for the president to be seen dancing in public a day after,that spirit makes it look normal for the military to lie and deceive the world. The same spirit is sitting on the public screening of “Half of a Yellow Sun.”

    • S!

      May 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      PREACH BROTHER! PREACH!!!

  4. Ojie

    May 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Makes no sense. Your own production. Do you know the implication? This means that Nigeria is fine with crap productions. But when someone comes along to make something of standard, then “Houston we have a problem”. So. now when the future Nigerian film-makers want to raise funds, investors will ask ” Am I sure the film was released?” in addition to ” Will i get my money back?”.

    Isnt it common sense? If you feel, its not age-appropriate, set a age minimum. Simple! As Mr Ekong said in Jss3, ” common sense is not common”

  5. Berry Dakara

    May 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Bunch of idiots! Yes, I said it. Would they rather pirates start selling fake copies of the DVD? Cos, fashi, I will buy a pirated copy at this rate!!!

    *sick of this bloody country*

  6. For Pete's Sake!

    May 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

    This is just exasperating! I suggest the marketers/producers alternatively seek the online platform and release this movie. Yes, they might not hit financial target and return, but think about it, the difference actualized using the cinemas would not be much.
    Plus, if they capitalise on ‘the ban’, they can even cause more persons outside of Nigeria to want to see (buy) this movie that is causing so much uproar in Nigeria.
    My 2Kobo sha…

    • Ojie

      May 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I concur. Set up a website and post it online for 1k

  7. nene

    May 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

    why is everyone surprised? maybe money hasn’t been paid to the right people, they know this movie cost money to make so maybe they are looking to get their own share in normal nigerian fashion.

  8. Truth

    May 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Due process should be followed. Shikena! It’s is not all about the noise about half a yellow sun but the conformity it our laid down principles.

    • mrs chidukane

      May 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Which laid down principles and which due process? I’ve watched ghanain movies with more nudity so spare me that bull**it.If they have a grouse they should come out and say it instead of stalling and making people lose money. I bet it’s about bribes

    • Lagos is my home

      May 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      laid down principles ……….hai in Nigeria abi you are wishing you are in another country . Nigeria no get principles SIMPLES .

    • Sassy

      May 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      We all know its not about due process but the fact that some insecure people are scared of showing parts of our history in technicolor due to tribal sentiments. I think they are oblivious to the fact that some of us that didn’t experience the civil war have read books about it including half of a yellow sun and we are still chanting “one Nigeria”. If anything history makes us determined to avoid anything that will lead to such bloodshed again. And yes, I am Ibo and my father was a Major in the Biafran Army, but he thought me to preach peace and avoid strife.

    • camo

      May 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Sassy its Igbo now. As nwa biafra you should know the spelling.

    • slice

      May 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Why set the date when the the movie is not yet rated? I know they probably assumed it wouldn’t take long to rate but this is Naija. part of planning here should include planning for delays. The management set themselves up for this.

  9. Bleed Blue

    May 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Oh but when it comes to the substandard insipid nonsense they spew everyday, is the efficiency level of certification this high?

    Are they waiting for a bribe? Are they politicising the movie? Is there one oga at the top who is just sitting on this because he’s not yet been “settled”? Is it just plain laziness? Because I’m past thinking this delay (or any other delay in Nigeria) can come from a genuine place of positivity.

    Wait…what is really going on with this country sef? I’m just weak.

  10. Moving on Swiftly

    May 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Was really looking forward to seeing the movie. Please please please just release the movie already. I suspect some people have not been bribed, therefore they are sitting on the movie release. Everything is just going wrong in Nigeria…… in other news, I heard they are planning to merge NCAA, NIMET and NAMA. In what world does that happen? It’s just like merging CBN with first bank and GTB. Which way Nigeria….. Which way to go

  11. Ada

    May 2, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I personally think they are concerned over the story in the movie. Coupled with what we are going through in this country……

    • Author Unknown

      May 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I suspected the same. In a sense, they could be right. Nigerians lack the maturity to appreciate that it’s a historical event from one man’s perspective that’s being told. Audiences in western countries get it, and that’s why in America they can show slavery related movies.

    • Obi

      May 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Not quite. You are Nigerian, right? And you get it.

  12. Comment

    May 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah. They need to know if all her reserach(madam amricana) are true. the fact that America rated it high does not mean that is our true story.This is history we are talking about. Lets not be gullible to taking every research done by an individual. We have seen Afonja, Moremi ,sango etc.

    Let our authorities do their job.

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      SHATTAP! Chimamanda even sugar coated the story self..the real story is much more horrific…

    • slice

      May 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      u don marry your bobo? i know amebo but i remember you talking about him in another post. just curious 🙂

    • ada nnewi

      May 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Rotflmao! Slice! Ur Amebo is on another level oh!

    • slice

      May 3, 2014 at 4:20 am

      lol. no vex my sister 🙂

    • camo

      May 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      If you that is talking want to know more just try and goggle apart from goggle go to the east i will recommend some novels in the Library for you. To me Chimamanda’s story did not even touch the Biafran genocide, it was just a love story in a war setting. The real war is more gory and horrific compared to half of a yellow sun. Stop waiting for half of a yellow sun to educate you, if you care read up books, go to the east, the relics of the war still abound, go the the Library in Enugu you can read till u get tired,news paper clippings still exist. Nigerians be complaining about govt when they re worse than the ppl in power.

    • camo

      May 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      If you that is talking want to know more just try and goggle apart from goggle go to the east i will recommend some novels in the Library for you. To me Chimamanda’s story did not even touch the Biafran genocide, it was just a love story in a war setting. The real war is more gory and horrific compared to half of a yellow sun. Stop waiting for half of a yellow sun to educate you, if you care read up books, go to the east, the relics of the war still abound, go the the Library in Enugu you can read till u get tired,news paper clippings still exist. Nigerians be complaining about govt when they re worse than the ppl in power

  13. LD

    May 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Will this kind of behaviour encourage any right thinking business person to invest in the movie industry. Me I don’t kuku know what they are scared of us seeing that Google will not reveal……Narrow minded set of idiots. Instead of them to face the Boko Menace and how to tackle them (am getting scared of living in Nigeria, by the way) they are banning a movie that is being premiered round the world. For those of us who can’t afford to travel out to go watch the movie, I hope they do their rubbish on time and release. Later, they will say they want more people to ‘invest’ in the economy, Nigerians in the diaspora, ‘come home’ and ‘invest’, ‘come and build’………Mtchewwww.

  14. camo

    May 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    If you that is talking want to know more just try and goggle apart from goggle go to the east i will recommend some novels in the Library for you. To me Chimamanda’s story did not even touch the Biafran genocide, it was just a love story in a war setting. The real war is more gory and horrific compared to half of a yellow sun. Stop waiting for half of a yellow sun to educate you, if you care read up books, go to the east, the relics of the war still abound, go the the Library in Enugu you can read till u get tired,news paper clippings still exist. Nigerians be complaining about govt when they re worse than the ppl in power.

  15. manas

    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    This is suffocating….!….. wake up govt, u r killing true art…..I am with all my nigerian brother and sisters on this……this is crap censor board

  16. oyatoo

    May 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    they simply do not want it to stir another or way probably, what if they now act THERE WAS A COUNTRY…it will take 10years to be released

  17. Moving on Swiftly

    May 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    No be only goggle. Sunshades nko.

  18. onyinye

    May 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    What’s all dis crap naw. Me bn waiting for dis movie like…buh I think dis is not a good time to release dat movie. Dis country is going 2ru a lot nd m scared pple might just get too emmotinal with d movie. All d same, all na history sh

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