Nigeria: Censors board okays Half of A Yellow Sun

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has approved 77 movies including the controversial screen adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s book, Half of A Yellow Sun, directed by Biyi Bandele.

According to the Board’s Corporate Affairs representative, Caesar Kagho, the film which stars Academy Awards nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hollywood star, Thandie Newton and A list Nollywood actors, has been approved for viewership in Nigeria and rated “18″.

“All approved movies fulfilled the regulatory conditions stipulated by the NFVCB,” Mr Kagho said.

The film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s novel of the same title, directed by Biyi Bandele and starring Nigerian-born actor, Chinwetel Ejiofor, featured prominently on the list of 77 movies, which the NFVCB said its department of classification has approved for June 2014.

It took exactly two months for the Board’s approval to come for the film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and it’s currently enjoying impressive festival run. In fact, it won the best film prize award at the just concluded Zanzibar International Film Festival and it featured prominently at the NollywoodWeek Paris Film Festival.

Only last week, the promoters of the movie announced that they had entered into partnership with an agent to have the film streamed to moviegoers in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Also, organisers of the Durban International Film Festival have announced that it will screen at the festival this month. The NFVCB had refused the film classification after the promoters applied for certification in April 2014 on the grounds that the movie contained scenes that may cause ethnic uproar.

This approval is coming days after producers of the movie enlisted it for Other exhibition movies approved to show in cinemas include: Edge of Tomorrow (18), Tokarev(18), Maleficent(15),  Vampire Academy(18), Blended(15), Dead Drop(18), 22 Jump Street(18), Holiday A Soldier is never off Duty(18), Finding Fela (18), How to Train your Dragon(18), Under the Skin(18), The Fault in our Stars(18), Half of a Yellow Sun(18), Million Dollar Arm(12) and Transformers: Age of Extinction(18).

In the none exhibition category meant for home audience, 62 movies were approved of which 16 were in English, 25 Yoruba, 19 Hausa and 2 Ibibio languages respectively.

Only one of the 62 approved for home release, “Bakan Dabo” a Hausa language movie, is rated “G” for General Viewing.

An Ibibio language movie “Minika” is the only production   rated “12” in June 2014 NFVCB approvals.

Twenty-five movies were classified “15” including “Abi Doka” (Hausa), “Aja Saba Ekun” (Yoruba), “Family Conflicts” (English), “Amada” (Hausa), “Beeky Benson” (Yoruba), “Man over Board” (English) “Babban Lasan” (Hausa), “Ejomiko” (Yoruba), “Mask of sorrow” (English).

Another Thirty – five movies were classified “18” including “uko Iden” (Ibibio), “Afopina” (Yoruba), “Biloniya” (Hausa), “Chameleons”(English), “Ajogunba” (Yoruba), “Dalilina” (Hausa), “Cry of a Mother Inlaw” (English), “Eto” (Yoruba) “Mu Mama” (Hausa), and “Wet Blanket” (English).

For the movies classified “G” and “12”, there was no consumer advice while “15” rated movies had consumer advice on imitable technique, strong language, violence, and rituals.

For those classified “18” NFVCB issued the consumer advice on ritual, strong language, horrific visuals, and imitable technique.

Other movies approved in the home category with varying classification ranging from “G” – “18” include:

“Fatima Bin tu” (Hausa), “Make a Movie” (English), “Mama inna” (Hausa), “Eyi mi” (Yoruba),  “Where Talent lies” (English), “Eshin Okoku” (Yoruba), “Coming to Lagos” (English), “Duniyar Nan” (Hausa), “Man Overboard” (English) etc.

In another development, the NFVCB is set to burn N10M (Ten Million Naira) worth of pornographic and unwholesome movies seized within FCT and environs during targeted operation between January to June 2014.

In the operations which covered Gwagwalada, Karu, Kubwa, Wuse market and Airport Road, over 2 million films were seized, of which sixty percent were pornographic while forty percent were uncensored, unwholesome and pirated.

The board is currently working with the Federal Ministry of Environment to secure a dump site to burn the seized films.

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