Sneak Peek Into “Half Of A Yellow Sun” – N1.27 Billion Trip Down Memory Lane

Nollywood has been experiencing radical development as far as production is concerned. Atleast we can list up to 5 Nollywood movies that were produced between 2012 and 2013 that are top notch and will stand side by side with the Hollywood counterparts.
The list of this high quality movie is skyrocketing as the day goes by and the new entry to top the list is the adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun.”

The Movie which cost approximately N1.27 billion ($8m) was shot at Tinapa Film Studio, Cross River State, and in the United Kingdom. The movie is yet to be released but it was directed by Biyi Bandele who had most of its cast and crew flown from abroad.

The cast comprised Britons and Nigerians such as Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots, American Gangster, 2012, Salt); Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II, Crash, The Pursuit of Happiness); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, For Coloured Girls); Joseph Mawle (Women in Love, Game of Thrones); John Boyega (Attack the Block); Onyeka Onwenu, Nigerian singer and actress; Genevieve Nnaji and Zack Orji.
The production quality of the film directly points to the growing professionalism in Nollywood.

Check out a scene from the movie:

The clip suggest a pretty polished production and the epic qualities of the story bode well for the adaptation; the story brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, Olanna (Newton) and Kainene (Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world.

The crew includes award-winning cinematographer John de Borman (An Education, The Full Monty), production designer Andrew McAlpine (BAFTA winner for The Piano), with original music by composers Ben Onono and Paul Thompson.



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