Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

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?

Chimamanda Adichie london premiere half of a yellow sun

Chimamanda Adichie, Author of Half of a Yellow Sun

Chiwetel Ejiofor london premier half of a yellow sun

Chiwetel Ejiofor “Odenigbo”

Don Jazzy london premier half of a yellow sun

Biyi Bandele london premiere half of a yellow sun

Biyi Bandele, Director of Half of a Yellow Sun

London Premier 2

Victor Ehikhamenor london premiere half of a yellow sun

Yewande Sadiku (center) and Victor Ehikhamenor (right)

Babou Ceesay London premier half of a yellow sun

Babou Ceesay (right) “Okeoma”

OC Ukeje london premiere half of a yellow sun

OC Ukeje “Aniekwena”

Joseph Mawle half of a yellow sun london premier

Joseph Mawle “Richard”



Watch Half of a Yellow Sun Trailer

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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 2013/10/24 at 08:35 #

    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 2013/10/24 at 10:51 #

    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 2013/10/28 at 17:58 #

    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 2013/10/30 at 15:34 #

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

  5. Sara 2013/11/02 at 10:02 #

    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!


  1. Spotted! : Chimamanda in Kiko! | The Kink And I - 2013/10/24

    […] original article & more pictures from Bella Naija here. and Brittle Paper here. Thanks for sending me the link, […]

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."


Out There: 5 Talkbits on War Futures in Outer Spaces | Ainehi Edoro, Camae Ayewa, Rasheeda Phillips, Keith Spencer & Jamie Thomas in Conversation

out there - graph

As part of its Horizons of the Humanities initiative, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) will be hosting […]

Excerpt #2 | My Sister, The Serial Killer | by Oyinkan Braithwaite

my sister the serial killer

FATHER   Ayoola inherited the knife from him (and by “inherited” I mean she took it from his possessions before […]

Scholastique Mukasonga’s Novel, Our Lady of the Nile, in Film Production as Short Story Appears in The New Yorker

Scholastique Mukasonga by Sunday Times

Rwanda’s best known contemporary writer, Scholastique Mukasonga, author of the novel Our Lady of the Nile (2015) and the memoir Cockroaches […]

The 2018 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet the 8 Finalists

brittle paper anniversary award

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the […]

Demons in the Villa | Excerpt from Ebenezer Obadare’s Pentecostal Republic

pentecostal republics ebenezer obadare

Pentecostal Republic takes a hard look at the influence of pentecostalism in Nigerian politics. Prof. Obadare is a sociologist, who […]

Yasmin Belkhyr, Romeo Oriogun, Liyou Libsekal, JK Anowe Featured in Forthcoming 20.35 Africa Anthology Guest-Edited by Gbenga Adesina and Safia Elhillo

20.35 africa contributors

In February, we announced a call for submissions for a new poetry project. The anthology, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.