April 23, 2014 – Genevieve Nnaji “Why I Played A Yoruba Woman In Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie”
Super actress, Genevieve Nnaji who must have done over 500 movies said that Half of a Yellow Sun is the biggest movie she has done.
In an interactive session with journalists she said “Half of a Yellow Sun is one of the biggest films I have done so far, but definitely not the most challenging role I have played in movies. I have done a lot more challenging roles in Nollywood”
Genevieve Nnaji played the role of Miss. Adebayo in the movie. She said it was safer for her because she didn’t have to experience the horrors of the war but hopes that in future if a different story is told about the civil war she will love play to the role of an Igbo woman where she would express what it meant to be an Igbo woman at that era.
Half of a Yellow Sun is an adaptation of Chimamanda Adiche’s bestselling and award-winning novel with the same title. The movie was produced with over 10 million Dollars (1.7 Billion Naira) and has a superb cast of stars, starring OSCAR nominee and BAFTA award winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Genevieve Nnaji, veteran singer Onyeka Onwenu, Thandie Newton, Anika Rose Noni, OC Ukeje, Zack Orji, Wale Ojo, Gloria Young, Tina Mba, , Joseph Mawle, John Boyega amongst others.
According to a press release signed by Bigsam media, the movie has been released in the UK and would be released in Nigeria this Friday on the 25th of April. And for the first time an African movie would be released in the mainstream US Cinema, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia and Portugal. It is also the first movie to show at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The movie was directed by UK-based Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele and produced by winner of three BAFTAs and an OSCAR, Andrea Calderwood and Yewande Sadiku, an investment banker.