“My Parents Left Nigeria For London Bcos Of Biafra War” – Chiwetel Ejiofor
April 18, 2014 – “My Parents Left Nigeria For London Bcos Of Biafra War” – Chiwetel Ejiofor
British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor who recently travelled to Nigeria for the premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun disclosed that there is a common ground between his life experience and the movie.
He said: “The Biafra war was a seminal part of my upbringing. In fact, I’ll say the Biafra war was the reason I was born in London and not Nigeria. It was as a result of the war that my parents left Nigeria. It was something I remember being talked about in my household. Years later, I spoke to my grandfather about my mother’s side. He spoke about his experiences between 1960 and 1970.”
In the movie, he experiences the Biafra war, which his life is tied to, while he proves true love in the time of war. He also said the movie caught his interest, so he was glad to star in a major role as Odenigbo.
The N10 million movie was shot in Tinapa in Calabar, and was directed by UK-based playwright, Biyi Bandele.