“We Did Not Ban ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’” –Head NFVCB Affirms

Sigh of relief. “Half Of A Yellow Sun” isn’t ‘grounded’ afterall


Mr.Caesar Kagho, Acting Head and Corporate Affairs of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Wednesday refuted claims that the adaption of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book into a movie (of same title), “Half Of A Yellow Sun”had been banned.

In a statement he signed on behalf of the board, he maintained that instead of a ban, viewing of the movie had been delayed for some procedures to be completed and certain aspects of the film be reedited before public viewing.

Read the statement below:

“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.”



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