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Release of Half of a Yellow Sun delayed eventually banned by NFVCB from being shown in Nigeria

25/04/2014 17:03
The release of the movie, Half of a Yellow Sun, which initially was postponed to May 2 has been banned.
The delay iinitially was as a result of pending clearance by the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).
It was earlier scheduled for nationwide release on April 25.
The movie, an adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s second novel, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, was set in civil war Nigerian society and was first screened to a select Nigerian audience on April 11.
According to an earlier statement by the board, it was initially postponed to May 2.
It said, "The highly anticipated release of Half of a Yellow Sun in Nigeria has been postponed due to delays in obtaining certification from the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board.
"Subject to obtaining the certification of the Board, the film is now rescheduled for release on May 2, 2014."
Eventually, however, the board banned the showing of the film, confirming initial fears of Nigerians looking forward to watching the movie which had already premiered in the United Kingdom.
The movie featured Nigerian-born Hollywood actor, Chinwetel Ejiofor; Nollywood stars Genevieve Nnaji, Gloria Young, O.C. Ukeja, Tina Mba and Onyeka Onwenu.
Others are John Boyega, Anika Rose, Wale Ojo, Thandie Newton and Zack Orji.
It was directed by Biyi Bandele, and it reportedly cost $8million to produce.
The film was produced by Andre Calderwood, Sandra Obiago, Yewande Sadiku and Mukhtar Bakare.

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