Over five hundred people thronged the cinema halls at Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island Lagos for the Nigerian cinema premiere of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2006 bestselling novel of the same title.
The movie, which opened on Friday August 1, 2014 had initially been slated for release on the 25th of April but was delayed for over three months by the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) because of some scenes that the censors board felt could cause disaffection among the viewing public.
The movie, which is still showing at the cinemas, is, according to a Silverbird staff who spoke to www.staging.sabinews.com, the number one movie at the cinemas. “It’s at the top of our top 10. It opened on 4 screens on Friday and we had an over 85% watch rate,” he said.
Asked whether the delay in release affected attendance he responded with “Yes. After the postponement morale was dampened but it had a good showing on Friday and all through the weekend.”
Half of a Yellow Sun which was directed by Biyi Bandele, stars BAFTA award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, BAFTA award-winning actress Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, AMAA winners Genevieve Nnaji and Onyeka Onwenu, Zack Orji, and O.C. Ukeje.