John Boyega To Play ‘TY’ In Movie Starring Hanks, Watson

JOHN BOYEGA webBritish actor of Nigerian origin, John Boyega is billed to play the lead character for the screen adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ 2013 novel, the circle.

Boyega who played the character ‘Ugwu’ in Half Of A Yellow Sun, will share the screen with top Hollywood acts including Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the new movie.

Boyega will play TY – a young boy with special powers – in The Circle.

Pana TV Acquires Right To Stream Half Of A Yellow Sun

Half-of-a-yellow-sunThe African online television service, PANATV has signed an exclusive deal with SODA Pictures, to acquire the rights to be the first online television service to stream exclusively on its platform in the UK and US, one of the most acclaimed films from Africa this year, Half of a Yellow Sun.

In a deal concluded with Monterey Media, PanaTV has secured non-exclusive rights to stream Half of a Yellow Sun in the US along with a limited shared exclusive pre-window. The movie will be available for VOD in the US from June 29 and in the UK from August 2014.

The Head of Content at PanaTV, Mandy Roger, says “This demonstrates that we seek out high quality films for our viewers; expect to see more of such quality films and content on PanaTV this year.”

“We are delighted that Half of a Yellow Sun will be streaming on PanaTV, and believe it is a great home for the film to connect with audiences,” says Head of Home Entertainment at Soda Pictures, Louise Rae.

A sweeping romantic drama, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN takes the sisters and their lovers on a journey through the war which is powerful, intensely emotional and, as the response of readers around the world has shown, a story which can touch everyone’s heart.

The 2013 Nigerian drama film written and produced by the prolific Nigerian playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Biyi Bandele, and adapted from the international best-selling Orange Prize-winning novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stars Academy Award nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave), BAFTA award winner, Thandie Newton (Crash), Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog), John Boyega, Onyeka Onwenu, Joseph Mawle, Genevieve Nnaji and O.C. Ukeje.

The London premiere interviews and trailer are now available to view on

I Don’t Want To Do Mediocre Work – Bimbo Akintola

Rubb Minds Bimbo AkintolaBeautiful Nigerian Actress, Bimbo Akintola, believes that she has stayed long enough in the Nigerian movie industry for her to be able to determine the kinds of movies she would feature in.

Appearing on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television, Bimbo spoke about several issues about her life, her art and future plans.

Regarded by many as one of the most talented Nigerian actresses of all time, Bimbo has been away from the movie scene for some time and she said that her decision became important because there was need to be in charge of her career, as she did not feel it was important anymore to be everywhere.

“I want to do movies that mean something and touch people’s lives, I don’t want to do mediocre work”, she said, noting that her decision was not to imply that Nollywood was mediocre but that movie-making for her at her level must mean something beyond entertainment.

He said that while indeed the industry was moving in the right direction with the entry of more professionals, she believes that “the real direction is distribution”. She was of the view that the industry would grow better when Nigerian films get distributed to places where they are being appreciated with the real producers being the beneficiaries of the sales.

The controversies surrounding the censorship of the movie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, also came to the fore, with Miss Akintola being of the view that the clamp-down on the movie was ridiculous.

She believed that the essence of censorship was to create categories, explaining that ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ could have been classified as a movie for viewers aged 18 and above.

She admitted that there might indeed be sensitive scenes in the movie which the Censors Board was wary of for the sake of national unity but she noted that the attention being drawn to it makes the situation worse.

According to her, people could have gone to see the movie as a normal movie but the controversies about its scenes have created an air of curiosity which makes some people believe that there is something to hide in the history of Nigeria.

Of course Rubbin’ Minds got personal and Ebuka on this edition started with Bimbo’s relationship with Afrobeat artiste, Dede Mabiaku and the believe that Bimbo’s career took a downturn when she dated the musician.

Bimbo insisted that Dede was not to blame for her decision to take it slow in the business. She said that Dede remained her very good friend, whom she had no regrets dating. She said that Dede was a good person but Nigerians just love to blame him for things because of his “bad boy image” being an Afrobeat musician.

Her current relationship status came next and Bimbo admitted that she was in a relationship but maintained that she would not be coerced into marriage as it was an important aspect of human life that she could not afford to rush. She refused to disclose the identity of the man in her life or her marriage plans.

While many are craving her presence in the Box Office, Bimbo has been busy on Television with new TV shows and she spoke about her idea of cooking with children on television which she said was one of the ventures that give her joy as she is a lover of kids.

‘Hear Word’ the stage play is another of Bimbo’s passions which she has remained committed to.

The Theatre Arts graduate drew attention to the originality and depth of stage performances which gives her more fulfillment with her background in the arts.

The ongoing stage drama, ‘Hear Word’ holds at the Muson Center in Lagos every weekend, and it focuses on issues surrounding women and the girl child, another area which Bimbo has been greatly passionate about.

Bimbo Akintola has been doing movies as she wants her fans to know that her hiatus was based on the need to do things the right way and she boasted that when some of the movies she featured in are released, her fans would admit that they were worth it.

Bimbo had generous accolades for fellow actresses, Omotola Jalade Ekehinde and Genevive Nnaji who are quite younger to her but whom she is very proud of.

She singled out Omotola for having represented the good side of the women in the movie industry with her grace, talent and success in marriage; a combination she said many believe was impossible in the Nigerian movie industry.


Half Of A Yellow Sun: Censors Delay The Release Biafran War Film

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For fans waiting eagerly to watch the much-heralded Nigerian movie, Half Of A Yellow Sun, they may just have to put their hopes on hold, for now.

The Nigerian Film and Video Censors board has delayed the release of the film about the Biafran war, due for today.

A spokesperson for the regulatory body is quoted as citing what he described as regulatory issues for the film’s delay, even though it has not been officially banned

However, the movie’s producer, Biyi Bandele, told the BBC that he was not sure why the censorship board had delayed certification.

He denied allegations that the film was biased and capable of inciting violence.

In a recent interview, one of the lead actors Nigerian-born Chiwetel Ejiofor told Channels Television that he was quite optimistic about the success of the movie in the country

Channels Book Club: Reginald Ofodile Shares Thoughts On ‘HOAYS’ Movie

channels book clubIn January 2007, Chimamanda Adichie released her novel, ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ which went on, that same year, to win the orange prize for fiction. The award is given annually for the best original full-length novel written by a woman in English; Adichie’s prize amounted to £30 000.

In 2013, UK based novelist and playwright, Biyi Bandele directed the adaptation of half of a yellow sun into a drama film. The film is a love story that follows two sisters who are caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war.

The movie which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji and OC Ukeje, first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. On Saturday, 12th of April, 2014, the movie premiered to the excitement of both the entertainment and literati communities in Lagos.

In this edition of the programme, Reginald Ofodili, who featured in the movie and who is also the author of the novel titled, ‘Thou Shalt Not’, discussed the Half of A Yellow Sun movie, novel, Chimamanda Adichie, Biyi Bandele and related things.

Also, we featured an interview with 15 year old Nigerian writer, author and singer, Precious Udo.

EN: Critics Sing Praises Of Love And War Movie, “Half Of A Yellow Sun”

half of a yellow sunIf you read Chimamanda Adichie’s award winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, then you are about to get a second dose of awesomeness.

If you haven’t, consider this an exciting second chance as the film adaptation of the book has passed through its first screening, in Lagos, ahead of its much-anticipated April premiere.

Popular movie critic, Shaibu Husseini said “if you had read Chimamanda’s book, you will not expect anything less from this film,” stressing that the movie is “a pointer to the fact that good movies can actually come out from here”.

Another critic, Funsho Arogundade rated the movie ‘A’ in terms of delivery. He mentioned that the Nigerian cast had done justice to their characters, especially Onyeka Onwenu.

On his part, famed movie maker and actor, Kunle Afolayan, commended the overall effort put into re-enacting Nigerian history.

Also, EN is casting its spotlight on African Magic Viewers’ Choice Award winner for best documentary, Stanlee Ohikuare, who bagged a statuette for his documentary entitled ‘Deadwood’. In this interview, Ohikuare tells us the inspiration behind the true-life documentary.

Buy Books Instead Of Recharge Cards – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has advised Nigerians to read more stating that what people read affect the way people think.

Chimamanda as the guest of the week on Sunrise enjoined Nigerian parents to endeavour to let their kids start reading from early ages.

She admonished parents and elders to “buy a book instead of recharge cards for the young ones”, “you don’t have to make that call” the very successful writer quipped as she further revealed that that her passion for writing developed because she started reading very early.

“It has to start very early. Reading must be encouraged at a very early age” she stated.

“Reading narratives is not just story books, as how people here say. Its also that narratives train your mind. It not only helps you communicate better, it make you think in a linear way.”

“The way people read affect the way people think” she said.

When asked by a viewer on Twitter whether she will write children’s book, the author who has written a number of novels stated that she has not started doing anything on children’s book.

“I think my vision is too dark and if I write a children’s book, someone might die and the poor children will be traumatised. But I think Nigeria is full of wonderful writers who are doing children’s fiction.”

“It is very important for young people to see themselves in books. It is very important” she added.

Wearing Natural Hair Is Unbearable For African Women – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Award winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has criticized the use of Brazilian/Indian hair attachments by African women instead of their natural hair.

Adichie made this known in an interview with The Observer,where she stated that African women should be proud of their natural hair, which is the pride of Africans.

When asked to discuss about her new novel ‘Americanah’ that includes the detail descriptions of black women having their hair done and also to give a brief description of her own hair, she replied;

“That is the best question! My hair is in tiny cornrows; I have a big ponytail on the top of my head. I quite like it. It is natural. I am a bit of a fundamentalist when it comes to black women’s hair. Hair is hair – yet also about larger questions: self-acceptance, insecurity and what the world tells you is beautiful. For many black women, the idea of wearing their hair naturally is unbearable”.

The hair industry is worth billions of dollars with massive importation of the attachments to Africa as the female beauty trends is largely about fluffy long Caucasian hair instead of their natural kinky hair.

Americanah was released in Australia on the 1st April 2013. It will be released in the UK on the 11th of April 2013 and in the US on 14th of May 2013.

Genevieve to starr in Chimamanda Adichie’s movie

Top Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been selected to feature in the big screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”.

Genevieve will be joined by other stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper, Anika Noni Rose and Thandie Newton in the eagerly anticipated film.

According to her publicist, the actress cum singer will play the role of Ms Adebayo, a professor who develops a flirtatious relationship with her colleague Mr Odenigbo (Ejiofor).

Half of a Yellow Sun will be produced by  British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA, winning producer, Andrea Calderwood and directed by Biyi Bandele.

Chimamanda’s half of a yellow sun novel centers on the Nigerian civil war and was published in 2006.