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B iyi Bandele’s film adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun premiered in London a few days ago at the BFI film festival. Tickets sold out pretty quickly.  Wondering how it went? Biyi Bandele’s Facebook status update says it all:

Just got back from the BFI London Film Festival European premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun at the Odeon West End. Humbled and moved by the rapturous reception the audience gave it. It was also great to see the hardest working actor on our hemisphere, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the great John Boyega, and the amazing Babou Ceesay, and the one and only Onyeka Onwenu. And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, of course. Without whom… We missed Thandie, who is on location in Vancouver. We missed Genevieve, who flew in for the premiere and promptly went down with a flu (mind yourself o, London weather). What a night though. What a night.

Can we please talk hair? Chimamanda rocks threaded hair to the premier. It takes a lot (loads!) of confidence to rock a hairstyle like that, but she pulled it off.  No? What do you guys think?

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Chimamanda Adichie, Author of Half of a Yellow Sun

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Chiwetel Ejiofor “Odenigbo”

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Biyi Bandele, Director of Half of a Yellow Sun

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Yewande Sadiku (center) and Victor Ehikhamenor (right)

Babou Ceesay London premier half of a yellow sun

Babou Ceesay (right) “Okeoma”

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OC Ukeje “Aniekwena”

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Joseph Mawle “Richard”



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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

6 Responses to “Photos of Adichie, Don Jazzy, Ehikhamenor, Bandele, Sadiku and Others at the London Premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun” Subscribe

  1. Yibo Okoro October 24, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    It’s definitely a yay. It takes a lot of confidence to pull off that hairdo, knowing Fashion Police (from Europe to Africa to America) will be all up in her business. LOL.
    I’m proud of her spunky afro beauty.
    Nice one Ms. Adichie!

  2. Misfit Girl of Color October 24, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    The actor playing Richard looks EXACTLY like what I imagined the person in the book did. Actually most of the actors do (except for Thandie). From the trailers, I am sure it will be awesome, I can not wait to have this come to my town.

  3. Fufeyin October 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Wow! This’ll be great. Would’ve been nice a scene to see if Madu Madu’s escape from death, neck-deep in water inside the moving water-tanker, and his later exchanges [verbal and nonverbal] with Richard were also captured.

  4. Victoria Nwogu October 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Dear Chimamanda, your message with the hair is getting too noisy. Surely, with your fame and glory you’re above attention-seeking?????

  5. Sara November 2, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    She is stylin’ with that hair. I don’t think she’s on a natural hair crusade either…I believe that style can be done relaxed or natural? The hair on your head is your crown. And I feel that she should crown her head any way she likes because her head as brought her much success. Go Chimamanda, rock that threaded hair!


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