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NFVCB Explains Reasons for “Half of a Yellow Sun” Delay



Half of a Yellow Sun - May 2014 - BN Movies & TV -
As fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s novel – Half of a Yellow Sun in Nigeria, continue to wait for a screening date to watch the movie adaptation, NFVCB is speaking out on reports that the board banned the movie.

On Wednesday, the National Film and Video Censors Board shut down speculations that they have banned the million dollar production.

In a statement signed by Caesar Kagho, Acting Head, and Corporate Affairs of NFVCB, in Abuja, he cleared the air and set the record straight on the movie.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the statement read:

“In a letter dated May 27, 2014 explaining the status of the film and requiring the distributor to expunge or edit some clearly stated objectionable aspects of the movie.

It said the management of the board was yet to receive a reply from the exhibitor.

It said the reply when received, might facilitate further regulatory actions as might be deemed necessary.

It said the board had dutifully exercised due diligence in consonant with section 36 (1) (b) of NFVCB Enabling Law ACT 1993, CAP N40 LFN 2004.

It said the act stipulates that “a decision on a film shall ensure that such a film is not likely to undermine national security.

The actions of the board are a routine procedure that is not specific to any production but primarily taken within the ambit of the law.

It is underpinned by the superior logic of safeguarding overall public interest.”

The statement basically states that once the areas highlighted are edited, NFVCB will then communicate a rating of the film for public viewing.


  1. O

    June 19, 2014 at 11:33 am



    June 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

    If only we could put in this much effort to REGULATING PERMANENT ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN NIGERIA… All this drama over a good movie. Pun intended.

    • Author Unknown

      June 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      LOL. I agree with you 100%. On the other hand, I also see where they are coming from. Nigerians are not mature (or dare I say sufficiently enlightened) to handle ethnically sensitive subjects…even in a movie. American movies, no matter how racially sensitive, is not our reality and does not impact us the same way. ‘Na film’ is what we say to those 🙂

  3. Ms_oyinkansola

    June 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

    this people are hypocrites, The American films u allow for public viewing have worse scenes.And those that’ll be watchn ds movie are adults for Crying Out loud!!!

  4. Ojie

    June 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This happens everywhere. Difference is, the exhibitors are trying to avoid an R rating which limits the number of people that see the film in America that is. Frankly, the solution is to slap an R rating or 18 on it. Simple.

  5. Joan85

    June 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    They can keep delaying it o smh. Me I’m going to see it at UmuIgboUnite next month…can’t wait! 🙂

    • Di

      June 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      OMG will they be playing it at the UIU conference in Atlanta??? Yaaaaay cann’t wait ! Time to book that flight.

  6. The Dream

    June 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Really? Our national establishments are frought with witless, pretentious buffoons like those at NFVCB. We deserve better

  7. The Dream

    June 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Really? Our Govt. Establishments are fraught with witless pretentious buffoons. We deserve better

  8. Aminu Kano

    June 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Please follow our campaign for the release of the film : Half of A Yellow Sun on twitter, facebook and instagram: @releaseHOAYS, and @releaseHOAYS respectively. Follow us, like us and follow our updates for appeals, opinions and all

  9. Yets

    June 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Billion dollar production? Ummm…ok!

  10. Theresa

    June 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I agree that the film will undermine national security. Given the current situation of things, alongside our inability to separate facts from fiction in movies, this film might ignite a dangerous tribal spark. I love Chimamanda, but this may not be the right time for the atrocities done against Igbos to be shown. It will re-invoke the feelings of anger and injustice they have borne over the years. Hopefully justice will be done someday…

    • Syreeta

      June 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      There is always a flip side to everything…on the other hand, I feel it will enlighten people on the effects of war, and perhaps help us create a sense of unity and resolve that similar events like Biafra cannot continue, a problem shared is a problem half solved. Hiding from the past or avoiding it cannot change anything, but talking about it will help us learn from it.

  11. ebiko

    June 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    this will give the pirates enough time to flood the market with bootleg copies of the film. by the time the original is released, no one will be interested.

  12. Nikky

    June 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Does anyone know if our Nigerian movie industry execs have said anything about this ridiculous censorship. Abi this matter no concern them. I think they (ibinabo especially) should publicly call out this nonsense of the censorship board for what it is. @Theresa i find your comment absolutely offensive if you cannot separate fact from fiction that’s your problem it is absolutely insulting to say “our inability to separate fact from fiction will ignite dangerous tribal spark”. I wonder how many people think Patient Ozokwo is an evil mother-in-law in reality because we cannot separate fact from fiction.

    • MissB

      June 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Dear Nikky it is actually not nonsense, we in the industry know the backstory and due process every filmmaker must go through before the release of its film and it’s a shame that even HOAYS which is a multi million production didn’t not follow due process but rather, thought that the government agency is filled with buffoons & therefore didn’t follow due process. Even investors like the Bank of Industry that invested in this movie is worried and have agreed that the filmmakers didn’t do the appropriate thing and they have almost resigned their fate as lost investment which is a very sad case as this affects other filmmaker seeking for funding to make good movies. It is sad but the truth is, filmmakers must follow due process. And BTw, censorship does differ in every country globally because censorship and classification decisions are largely informed thru cultures, beliefs & state of mind of every society. Let us not be quick to comment and judge that which we have enough information about but rather ask relevant questions.

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