Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MOVIE REVIEW: Finding the other half of a yellow sun

08 September 2014, 15:37Obidike Okafor

Lagos- Seeing a book being adapted into film, is one of the coolest things for people who don’t like reading.

The reader experiences the parts not shown in the film and the cinema goer experiences the parts the screenwriter allows him or her to witness on screen.

Also read:Half Of A Yellow Sun rakes in N280 million

I have read and watched Half Of A Yellow Sun, and my excitement and dread were both entertained in this two hour visual feast.

To enjoy the movie it is better to disassociate it from the book, to avoid being disappointed(this is for people who have read the book before watching the film),but if you have not read the book then please enjoy the film.

Biyi Bandele centers this Chimamanda Adichie epic  on four major characters Olanna, Odenigbo, Kainene and Richard.

Ugwu, whom has a central character in the book is sent to the sidelines in the film, while Odenigbo’s radicalism and the strong political opinions of his inner circle are greatly diluted, I repeat don’t read the book.

Also read: "Half of a Yellow Sun" encounters roadblock in Nigeria

I was grossly offended that none of the lead characters were picked from Nollywood. It goes to show what even Nigerians think about its movie industry.

Onyeka Owenu, Wole Ojo,Tina Mba, Genevieve Nnaji, Gloria Young and Zack Orji,  were some of the popular faces representing the Nollywood front.

While lead characters Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Thandie Newton were ‘imported’ to give the film an international feel but losing the Nigerian touch (after all it’s a story about Nigeria).

Lets start with what the movie got wrong. The accents of the lead characters were just wrong, except for Richard(Joseph Mwale) who is Caucasian.

Also read:Pirate versions of Half Of A Yellow Sun hit Lagos

When Thandie Newton who plays Olanna opens her mouth to speak Igbo or sound Nigerian, it makes one cringe, Chwetel Ejiofors accent swung between Nigerian and something from another English speaking African country.

When Olanna says ‘Kedu’ an Igbo word for ‘how are you’ it just comes out all wrong, and sounds nothing like it.  The film makers were obviously lazy to put these international stars through the rigors of getting the accent right. This will certainly not happen in Hollywood.

I must confess Genevieve Nnaji’s was flattened by the talents of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Onyeka Onwenu, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose that rose high into the talent galaxy.

These are the glaring negatives of the film, but on to the positives of this masterpiece.

First of all it surpasses most Nollywood films in terms of production, research and  high attention to details during the shooting, this can be seen by the length of the closing credits.

The main players put an awe inspiring performance and emotionally connect with the audience, even though the script does not do justice to the book.

Onyeka Onwenu gives a stellar performance in her malicious mother-in-law role, and the  well timed news clips from the real events used as book marks for transition in the  movie are a major plus of the film.

The truth be told, I enjoyed the film by blocking out the book from my head, but  felt that the end of Half Of A Yellow Sun still left me hanging out to dry.

The movie is worth watching if you love a good romantic story, and want to see a properly executed project.


For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.


Wizkid takes top MTV awards

23 October 2016, 07:05

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...