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“Half of a Yellow Sun” Distributor replies NFVCB In New Statement



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BN brought to you yesterday the latest update on the “Half of a Yellow Sun” movie.

The National Film and Video Censors Board has conveyed to the production team that parts of the movie should be edited out. If you missed it, click here to read.

This evening, the distributor of Half of a Yellow Sun FilmOne Distribution Limited sent BN an official statement regarding the recent reply from NFVCB.


May I use this opportunity to comment on the Statement below released to the press and general public on Thursday 19th June 2014 by Caesar Kagho on behalf of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), with respect to the classification process for the film “Half of a Yellow Sun”.

Firstly I would like to correct the information stated in several paragraphs of this statement that the NFVCB communicated to the exhibitor of the movie. The NFVCB does NOT relate nor communicate with an exhibitor with respect to film classification. It is the film’s distributor not an exhibitor that applies for classification and communicates with the Board on classification issues.

FilmOne Distribution Limited is the distributor of HOAYS whilst Filmhouse Cinemas is a film exhibitor like others including Silverbird Cinemas and Genesis Deluxe Cinemas. This kind of misunderstanding of roles is why certain quarters of the industry claim that the Board does not understand the film industry.

The NFVCB wrote to Filmhouse Cinemas on the 27th of May (not to FilmOne) in response to several correspondence sent to it by FilmOne Distribution, requiring certain parts of certain scenes to be edited.

Contrary to the impression given by the statement, FilmOne (not Filmhouse Cinemas) has been in communication with the Board in response. In addition, FilmOne spoke to the Board on the 17th of June and arranged a meeting for the 18th in Abuja.

At this meeting (attended by the DG NFVCB, 3 NFVCB Directors/Heads including the writer of the NFVCB press statement, and the MD FilmOne) FilmOne broke down the financial consequence of making edits, re-mastering and re-printing of copies of the film and its resultant effect on the commercial viability of the film’s cinema release in Nigeria.

Nevertheless, FilmOne presented to the Board edited scenes in accordance with the Board’s requirement. The Board watched these edited scenes and expressed their satisfaction with the edits. The Board then stated to the MD FilmOne that they would meet and communicate this officially.

It was then a surprise to FilmOne distribution to see a Press Statement released on the 19th of June (a day after this meeting) claiming that:
“It is note-worthy that since the correspondence from the Board to the Exhibitor, a response is yet to be received that may facilitate further regulatory actions as may be deemed necessary”
“Once the areas highlighted are resolved, the NFVCB as a regulator shall communicate a rating of the film as may be deemed appropriate”.

I would like to state that despite the additional costs associated with editing, re-mastering and re-printing, as at Wednesday 18th June, FilmOne in conjunction with the film producers, have satisfied this edit requirements by the NFVCB and are now looking forward to receiving an official classification from the Board.

I am therefore at a loss as to the intention of the public statement released by NFVCB. We found this highly unnecessary and does not “set the records straight on the status of the movie”.

I am truly glad that the NFVCB is now satisfied with the effort we have made to meet the requirement they asked for. We now look forward to announcing a new release date for “Half of a Yellow Sun”.
Kene Mkparu
FilmOne Distribution Limited


  1. Etuk

    June 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Shame on them, they are all hypocrites. They have never watched a war movie neither have they seen a naked woman. Shame

  2. elleven45

    June 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Whatever the case, I must go watch the movie when ever its out. I might go see it more than usual.


    June 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Nevertheless, I must still see this movie o

  4. Fabulicious

    June 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Haaaa….if they finish editing the important things,what will we now watch.This NFVCB people are mean oooo. Our obodo oyibo pals should please do and bring in the complete movie for us once it’s on DVD or blue ray.

  5. mmmm

    June 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Is this movie portraying the real history? If so, nothing should be edited so that history is not distorted and can be passed down to our children. If its not portraying the real history, then that is another story and btw I’m Yoruba but let the truth be told.

  6. Nikky

    June 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you o. It’s a fictional love story that happened during the war. Any reason for censorship falls flat on its ass

  7. Anonymous....

    June 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Nigerians LOVE creating controversy. Gosh! Our government lacks focus. HOAYS is a such a wonderful and justly written novel that I don’t see how any tribe/culture would feel uncomfortable watching the movie. I’m a northern Muslim and I’m totally in love with the book. And while you are busy discouraging peoples’ talents, BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!

    • kili

      June 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Well.. remember that you are just ONE NORTHERN MUSLIM amongst other muslims and tribes.
      While I understand reasons why HOAYS may not have been endorsed I dobt trust the intention of the board. They just don’t want HOAY to see the light of day SIMPLE.
      So sad.

  8. ao

    June 21, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Film One Distribution should just distribute the unedited movie in DVD for private in-home viewing.

  9. Truth

    June 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    A nation where it’s children are not told the truth about their past, would be damned a dim future with unanswered questions..-
    A child who doesn’t know what killed his father, will eventually meet the same faith..
    Let’s try no matter the consequences teach the truth about our foundation as a nation, so that as we do not build homes with carefully laid bricks of lies, for it shall slowly crumble once the wind of truth blows…
    … What a shameful government, freedom of speech please!

  10. yt

    June 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

    i understand NFVCB. what the mean by not hearing from the producer/distributor is pertaining to “ghana-must-go bags or envelopes” containg a “thank you” gift.

  11. pynk

    June 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Please they should put the movie online for us to pay and watch. I dont mind. How many sites can the NFCVB or whoever monitor. With the trash they allow to be release its no suprise their brains werent working properly when a real movie was put in front of them


    June 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Are there clips in the movie that does not meet the rules and regulation of the board? If not, why are they being disturbed.
    I can’t wait to watch the movie

  13. Teefah

    June 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I was fortunate to have watched HOAYS before the official release in April which never happened and this is a movie that should be seen! It’s an excellent movie and an indication of the future of the Nollywood film industry.
    Sadly i don’t think it will ever be released in Nigeria. The NFCVB is just delaying and dragging it out, i don’t know for sure what their reasons are but I heard somewhere it’s because of the Biafra war story line. Perhaps they do not want Nigerians to know about such an important part of their history.
    My advise…wait for the movie to come out on DVD cos chances are it will never be released in Nigerian cinemas.

  14. CHIDI

    June 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm


  15. Miss Mo

    June 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Saw this yesterday in the US. Fantastic movie.

    I do agree however that the sex scene was a bit much and maybe unnecassary.

    It’s a must see for everyone though.

    Being a yoruba girl, it helped me understand the whole Biafra situation and the war which I never did growing up.

    Need to get my hands of some of Chimamanda’s books. 🙂

  16. chimoh

    June 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

    cheiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Nigeria and their wahala, tufiakwa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bikonu is there anyone who lives in the states here. i don’t mind how much it will cost. me i want to see the un-edited version and as raw as it is biko. enough of this their hypocrisy mtsheeeeeeeeew.

  17. eyeballs

    June 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Really, why edit it? If it is the sex scenes, then that’s fine but to actually edit the war events?? How does anyone do or think that!!! This was an actual event!! We have read and heard so many things about it, so how in the world, do you edit it?
    NFVCB, you sit on your high stools and issue verdicts on ‘high brow’ films while worse and extremely lewd movies are massively distributed and sold in Iweka road,Onitsha, Nnamdi Azikiwe road in Idumota and Alaba International market… Nudity is slowly becoming the norm now, you have shown no fight against this. Yet, for Half of a Yellow Sun, you bring out your full arsenal to fight. Hypocrites!
    So because the stakeholders of the movie did the right thing to seek classification, this is how you now want to frustrate them. What content in the movie is capable to inciting people more than the killings going on right now? Dreamer… you better wake up from your slumber!
    In your lily-livered minds now, you think you are ‘really working hard’ to sanitize Nigeria. how sad. One of the worst things in life is to delude yourself, Dear NFVCB , you delude yourself right now. do the right thing and let this film see the light of day!!!!!

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