Nigerian Author’s Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” Movie to Make its World Premiere
It’s been a while since I posted on Saturday,and I really missed it! Well, today I could not resist the urge to share the good news…
Remember how I was talking about one of my favorite writers of all time, who also happens to be a sister from the Motherland, celebrated novelist Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie. Well, her celebrated novel, which I still remember as one of the most epic fictional accounts of African history, has been adapted into the feature presentation of the same name. Yes, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, the movie, will be making its world premiere at the 2013 African FESPACO film festival opening in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on February 23rd!
If you read my previous post of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, you know how much I simply adore Ms. Adichie, whom I’ve seen speak here at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Her Orange-prize winner novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, recounts the lives of a few extraordinary characters as they navigate the tumultuous ups and downs of the Nigerian Biafran war from 1967 through 1970.
The feature movie is featuring renowned actresses Thandie Newton, and Anika Noni Rose, as well as actors Chiwetel Ejofior, Joseph Mawle and John Boyego. It is also rumored that singer-songwriter Keziah Jones will be producing the original soundtrack for the movie. Adapted for the screen by Nigerian theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele, “Half of a Yellow Sun” is set to hit theaters in 2013. And I just can’t wait!!!
Please read below for the official synopsis of the movie, and look for it in a theater near you:
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed.
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and they must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all.
Love Always, Miss Awa