‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ explores UK colonial legacy in Nigeria
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling book ‘Half of the Yellow Sun’ is hitting the silver screen.
Featuring British stars Thandie Newton and ’12-Decades a Slave’‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film is placed in the 1960s and centers on the family because they attempt to survive Nigeria’s battle for freedom.
“I wanted it shot in Nigeria since that has been essential, not only for myself – clearly, within an emotional way, I wish my place to be described, I want local expertise to become used – but also because I feel it’s required for the movie itself since it’s in regards to a time that’s seminal, I believe, in Nigerian history and I don’t think it’d have worked when the recording have been done elsewhere,” claims Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Adichie had her way, but shooting in Nigeria was challenging.
‘Half of the Yellow Sun’ is recommended Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele’s debut feature film.
“Where we shot in the south-east there wasn’t an infrastructure set up for video. There is a business there-but we’d to create within the team. It was just pure logistics-but we were truly accepted, in the homeless people about the roads towards the state governor. It served us. It displays within the movie. It’s a large scale movie designed for a simple budget,” he says.
Although ‘Half of the Yellow Sun’ has been recognized as among only a number of British films that interact with Britain’s post-imperial history in Nigeria, experts say it doesn’t do the book justice describing it as “a diverting but area-level tale”.
‘Half of the Yellow Sun’ is going today within New Zealand, Nigeria, Australia and the UK.