Contrary to reports of the ban of Nigeria’s international movie, “Half of A Yellow Sun” by the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, producers of the $10 million film have dismissed those reports.
In a short message obtained by P.M.NEWS on Friday, producers said the movie-originally scheduled to open at cinemas across Nigeria today 25 April-was postponed due to the delay in obtaining the censors board’s certification. The highly anticipated release of Half of a Yellow Sun in Nigeria has been postponed due to delays in obtaining certification from the National Film and Video Censors Board for the public release of the film. Subject to obtaining the certification of the Board, the film is now rescheduled for release on 2 May 2014.”
However, a source close to the censors board told P.M.NEWS that the board directed the producers of the film to expunge or edit some scenes in the film, particularly the steamy and violent scenes. The movie “Half of a Yellow Sun” was an adaptation of the highly successful novel-Half A Yellow Sun-written by a Nigerian female novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The film, financed by Yewande Sadiku, investment banker and CEO, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje, Tina Mba and Wale Ojo.