Half of a Yellow sun is a beautifully (absolutely gorgeously) written novel set during the Biafra War which took place in Nigeria from 1967-1970. Through 3 protoganists, we hear compelling stories of events that unfolded throughout that very real period in Nigerian history. The book itself, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won various awards including the highly acclaimed Orange Prize for Fiction.
"Both my grandfathers were interesting men, both born in the early 1900s in British-controlled Igbo land, both determined to educate their children, both with a keen sense of humor, both proud. I know this from stories I have been told. Eight years before I was born, they died in Biafra as refugees after fleeing hometowns that had fallen to federal troops. I grew up in the shadow of Biafra. I grew up hearing ‘before the war’ and ‘after the war’ stories; it was as if the war had somehow divided the memories of my family. I have always wanted to write about Biafra—not only to honor my grandfathers, but also to honor the collective memory of an entire nation. Writing Half of a Yellow Sun has been my re-imagining of something I did not experience but whose legacy I carry. It is also, I hope, my tribute to love: the unreasonable, resilient thing that holds people together and makes us human"
Quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We're thrilled that this book has been made into a movie. Even more so that it stars Oscar Nominated/Bafta Award winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, the stunning Thandiwe "Thandie" Newton and supremely talented Anika Noni Rose. Directed by renowned playwright/novelist Biyi Bandele, we are sure this will be a movie to remember.
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