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Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie Banned In Nigeria Temporarily By Censor Board

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Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie Banned In Nigeria Temporarily By Censor Board

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April 25, 2014 – Nigeria’s Censors Board Banned Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie Premiere Temporarily

Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie Banned In Nigeria Temporarily By Censor Board

Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ will hit the cinemas worldwide today.

But it will not be shown in Nigeria until 2 May. No thanks to Nigeria’s Censors Board, which had caused the delay.

The film based on the eponymous best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is about the 1967-1970 Biafra War which killed more than a million people, many from starvation.

A statement on the film’s website said the Nigeria release has been “postponed to May 2 due to delays in getting certification from Nigeria Film and Video Censorship Board”.

Board spokesman Caesar Kagho told AFP that the board would issue further details later on Friday.

It was not clear if the certification delay was linked to film’s content.

“Half of Yellow Sun” stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his role in “12 Years a Slave,” named 2014′s Best Picture.

The Biafra War began after the eastern region tried to secede from the newly independent Nigeria.

The East, dominated by members of the Igbo ethnic group, claimed their tribesman were being massacred in the mainly Muslim north and accused the federal government of failing to provide protection.

Their attempt to create an independent Igbo-led nation, which they called Biafra, was crushed by British-backed federal forces which had military superiority and used scorched earth tactics, including the blockage of all food imports to the breakaway region.

More than four decades on, the Biafra War remains a highly contentious subject in Nigeria.

In his last published work before his death in 2013, acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, an Igbo, sparked a heated debate about the conflict that raged on television and in newspapers for weeks.

In “There Was A Country,” Achebe accused a revered leader from the Yoruba-dominated West, Obafemi Awolowo, of supporting the starvation of Igbos to further his own political goals.

Yoruba leaders reacted furiously to the charge and the debate further highlighted the lingering bitterness from the conflict.

“Half of a Yellow Sun”, which had its global premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is already showing in Britain and Australia and is scheduled to open soon in the United States and other countries.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Maureen Ogechi

    April 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I don’t get this why was it banned

  2. Adio Ololade

    April 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    @ Maureeen can’t u read SMH

  3. Uzoma

    April 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Nigerian authorities banned it temporarily to do some editing to hide the truth. This is why Nigeria will never progress in unity.

  4. bose

    April 26, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    that is just the plain truth my friend, with all these that Nigerians are doing, hmm!! i hope if they will ever improve….must they look for way to edit all the truth from the movie???? habah niger,niger,niger!!! how many times i call unaa??

  5. Remy

    April 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I believe it was a joke,who are the hell nigaria that will baned it?the truth will not be hidden,the brutality by the muslim north backed by the British and sovite union is fighting them back,i will not coment futher but if such ban comes to be truth there will be hell in this country call nigeria.

  6. Truth

    April 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Common Remy it has not gotten to that-Hell again? Abeg don’t add wahala to our existing problems…

  7. Viergelove

    April 26, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    First, UZOMA, you don’t seem to understand the English used in the editorial. Thus, you are confused not been able to use common knowledge to understand why films are required to be censored-edited. Secondly, REMI, you are a young person I presumed, thus, you have never studied history. The SOVIET-UNION RUSSIANS did not actually SUPPORTED NIGERIA; they were only selling military equipments as it has been until present. And, there is nothing like editing the truth from the movie. Thank God the USA was actually neutral during the war. But, France was supplying massive shipment of weapons to BIAFRAN through IVORY COAST AND GABON.
    I believe the censoring board has a better knowledge of Nigeria history more than the writer and actors of the film.
    Well, in nutshell, when film is edited, it just means they are trying to look at the content carefully in order to conform to the norms and ethics of the Nigeria film industry edict. If films are not edited, don’t you think they would give us nollywood porn-film? When the nollywood porn-film was edited and banned, you didn’t complain!
    REMI; you talk about the brutality of the north, yes, they were truly brutal. But, the problem was that the BIAFRAN didn’t seek the consent of the entire south-south and south-west before they declared the war. And don’t forget that the BIAFRAN was eying the oils in the South-south to sustain their purported economy.
    But today, this same BIAFRAN is the ones running to the Northern politicians now….

  8. Viergelove

    April 26, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    First, UZOMA, you don’t seem to understand the English used in the editorial. Thus, you are confused not been able to use common knowledge to understand why films are required to be censored-edited. Secondly, REMI, you are a young person I presumed, thus, you have never studied history. The SOVIET-UNION RUSSIANS did not actually SUPPORTED NIGERIA; they were only selling military equipments as it has been until present. And, there is nothing like editing the truth from the movie. Thank God the USA was actually neutral during the war. But, France was supplying massive shipment of weapons to BIAFRAN through IVORY COAST AND GABON.
    I believe the censoring board has a better knowledge of Nigeria history more than the writer and actors of the film.
    Well, in nutshell, when film is edited, it just means they are trying to look at the content carefully in order to conform to the norms and ethics of the Nigeria film industry edict-law. If films are not edited, don’t you think they would give us nollywood porn-film? When the nollywood porn-film was edited and banned, you didn’t complain!
    REMI; you talk about the brutality of the north, yes, they were truly brutal. But, the problem was that the BIAFRAN didn’t seek the consent of the entire south-south and south-west before they declared the war. And don’t forget that the BIAFRAN was eying the oils in the South-south to sustain their purported economy.
    But today, this same BIAFRAN is the one running to the Northern politicians now….

  9. Viergelove

    April 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    First, UZOMA, you don’t seem to understand the English used in the editorial. Thus, you are confused not been able to use common knowledge to understand why films are required to be censored-edited. Secondly, REMI, you are a young person I presumed, thus, you have never studied history. The SOVIET-UNION RUSSIANS did not actually SUPPORTED NIGERIA; they were only selling military equipments as it has been until present. And, there is nothing like editing the truth from the movie. Thank God the USA was actually neutral during the war. But, France was supplying massive shipment of weapons to BIAFRAN through IVORY COAST AND GABON.
    I believe the censoring board has a better knowledge of Nigeria history more than the writer and actors of the film.

  10. Viergelove

    April 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Well, in nutshell, when film is edited, it just means they are trying to look at the content carefully in order to conform to the norms and ethics of the Nigeria film industry edict-law. If films are not edited, don’t you think they would give us nollywood porn-film? When the nollywood porn-film was edited and banned, you didn’t complain!
    REMI; you talk about the brutality of the north, yes, they were truly brutal. But, the problem was that the BIAFRAN didn’t seek the consent of the entire south-south and south-west before they declared the war. And don’t forget that the BIAFRAN was eying the oils in the South-south to sustain their purported economy.
    But today, this same BIAFRAN is the one running to the Northern politicians now….

  11. TG

    April 27, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    @Viergelove you must be a big clown an academic dwarf, poor IQ and shallow mindedness and i know you must have exceed the age for correction my dear you are ****.

  12. Viergelove

    April 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    TG you whatever you call yourself; I know your problem. You are scared of common truth. And that is your problem in Nigeria: You want to always blame a party, but at the same time, you don’t have any reasonable idea. I advise you to study objectively so that you can make good decisions in life. I am not older than you in age perhaps, but, in aptness I am.

  13. Remy

    April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Thanks my dear viergelove, you have realy cooled my temper, actually i did not witiness the war much but have read so many books about the killings and brutality of the war and in my famliy losed a good brillient person who could have been a great physician now, have seen so many families closed down due to the brutal killings of the innocent Ibo civilian in the north, as i read about the film comming out, i was very happy that at least the truth is comming out so that the matter will be buried ones and for all and each party will knew where they where wronged and call for total forgiveness of each trib and move nigeria forward because the civil war was an untourchable matter in the country, it will nt remain so because it will creat more trouble to the comming generation.
    If the south east did not consult their brother south south or south West, that was a big mistate for the late Generalbut for all i knew, all was done in heste to save the remaing eastern people from cleansing plan.please tell the Censors or what they call them that the film has alredy be showing in advanced countries.and i refused that the frace was sending Arms to Biafrans, it was only food aid.if they did may God Bless them.

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