Finally, Nigeria censors board approves Half of A Yellow Sun for viewing

The movie, whose novel was written by Chimamanda Adichie, was classified 18 and above.

The Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, on Friday finally approved the movie, Half of a Yellow Sun, for wide release.

The board had delayed the release of the movie since April, citing current security situation in Nigeria and claiming the movie, which is based on a novel of same name on the Nigerian civil war, could incite violence.

The movie, whose novel was written by Chimamanda Adichie, was classified 18 and above by the censor’s board..

The classification was announced Friday evening alongside over 70 other Nollywood movies. It came at a time the producers of Half Of A Yellow Sun already enlisted it for online viewing in the United States of America.

According to the censor’s board Corporate Affairs representative, Caesar Kagho, “all approved movies fulfilled the regulatory conditions stipulated by the NFVCB”.

The NFVCB, in the statement also approved movies in exhibition, non exhibition categories.

The movies approved and their classifications are:

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) all approved in the exhibition category which will be shown in cinemas across Nigeria.

In the non-exhibition category meant for home audience, 62 movies were approved of which 16 were in English, 25 Yoruba, 19 Hausa and 2 in Ibibio language.

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 35 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.


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  • jay chords

    Finally . . .

  • idn1

    They did free ad for Amanda.
    The movie should be a blockbuster in Naija.

  • John Miles Wanogho

    Censors board censoring what they know nothing about.

  • John green

    It can never happen in any country, it’s here that a reality of life is nt accerpted and thos that have the interest of people at heart. This was created to help the people who only love. to watch and couldn’t read because of time, passion but the federal government who always discourage the people that have interest and vision will always cause problem, we need to move beyond the cloud of who we know before getting things done in this country. It gave us bad image for not saying the truth and taking all decision for political gain like what the presidency just did with the movie. It discouraged some youth who had good movie to transform this nation also through any means. It should make a difference but their party is not one who respect such, who gives a damn about transformation, who cares about invention but only understand the language of stealing and corruption

  • BlackieUmukoro

    It a while to approve, why

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  • tsunami1earthquake

    Now commonsense and good reasoning are trumping pettiness! We cannot shove our history under the carpet as our leaders want us to believe. The fact that Nigeria had a civil war must be something that MUST be taught everyday in schools, colleges and even universities. Shoving this civil war story aside has been the bane of Nigeria’s sociology and polity. That is why we now have the Boko Haram that has been trying to truncate the cooperate existence of Nigeria. If those Boko Haram sponsors, financiers, supporters in any form and shape and their foot soldiers had been taught the traumatic effects of the Nigerian civil war most of them would not have ventured into this wild goose chase of a project. Kudos to the censors board that has approved the showing of this film.