Half of a Yellow Sun is a lop-sided but moving and effective adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel.
The early scenes follow the romantic and professional lives of two affluent, educated young sisters in post-independence Nigeria. Olanna (Thandie Newton) is drawn to radical professor Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) while the entrepreneurial Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) begins a relationship with a white English writer (Joseph Mawle).
The early scenes play like episodes of a soap opera. There are domineering mothers, illicit pregnancies and plenty of gossip and backbiting. All the while, the tensions between the Igbo and Yoruba people are rising.Read more in the next edition of Gbedu Magazine