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Before Purple Hibiscus, a Judging Panel Kept Chimamanda Adichie Off a Shortlist because Her Entry Wasn’t African Enough

In a new interview with the American magazine Newsweek, Biyi Bandele made the kind of revelation that will surely send people Google-searching. The Nigerian novelist and filmmaker—author of Burma Boy (2007) and director of Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)—was asked a variation of that very tired question: Whom do you write for? And he […]

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Artists In Residency: Sisonke Msimang, Ayobami Adebayo, Mona Eltahawy, Biyi Bandele, Yemisi Aribisala Lead 2018 Shortlists

The Artists in Residency (AIR) programme has announced its 2018 shortlists, and included on the 28-name lists are: Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country (2017) and winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces; Mona Eltahaway, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2015); Ayobami Adebayo, author […]

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African Literary News | Half of a Yellow Sun Makes It to Netflix

Half of a Yellow Sun film is now available for streaming on Netflix. Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Adichie’s war drama is a 2013 Nollywood-Hollywood collaboration starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. With the very limited theatrical release, only a lucky few saw the film on the big screen. Even with the DVD release and pay-per-view streaming last year, […]

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The Stats are In! How is Half of a Yellow Sun Doing in Nigerian Cinemas?

After months of censorship negotiations with the Nigerian Video and Censors Board, Half of a Yellow Sun (HOAYS) was released in Nigeria on August 1st. HOAYS is a film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s 2007 novel, a 1960s period piece chronicling the carnage of the Nigerian civil war. The story blends the romantic entanglements of two […]

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Biyi Bandele’s Interpretation of HOAYS is a Triumph | By Chibundu Onuzo | Film Review

Nigerian novelist, Chibundu Onuzo, saw Half of a Yellow Sun not once, but twice. Here is what she has to say about it.    I went to two screenings of Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous novel, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’ The first was in an obscure Vue theatre, with a largely […]

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Mad Men Of Nollywood —1960s Fashion In Half Of A Yellow Sun Film

By Onyinye Ofoegbu Half of a Yellow Sun film boasts a 1960s wardrobe that calls to mind recent screen productions like Mad Men. It’s universally known that whether in a film or a novel, so much of storytelling takes place on the bodies of characters. That’s why the costume designer is as much a storyteller […]

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Yay! Half of a Yellow Sun Film in Theaters This Summer!

Biyi Bandele, who directed the Half of a Yellow Sun film adaptation, shared the wonderful news on Facebook today. If Deadline Hollywood is to be believed, Monterey Media Inc. has secured the rights for the film. We are looking at an early summer release of the much anticipated film. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, Half […]

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Must Watch Video! Adichie, Onyeka Onwenu, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Biyi Bandele on The Red Carpet of Half of a Yellow Sun London Premier

You’ve seen the pictures. Here is the red carpet interview of the Half of a Yellow Sun cast at the London premier. The film was premiered at the BFI film festival last month. Chimamanda still looks gorgeous in her threaded (kiko) hairdo. But this Bandele guy, though. Very fine man, no? LOL. Enjoy!

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Teju Cole is on top of his game in a new, Coronavirus-inspired short story published on LEVEL, a publication hosted […]

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Leopold Sedar Senghor and Frantz Fanon were giants of postcolonial discourse. Senghor was Senegalese; he made his name as a […]

Watch Maaza Mengiste Talk Writing Ethiopia on PBS

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In a feature on the American TV program PBS, the novelist Maaza Mengiste talks about her home country, Ethiopia, which […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Mourning, Feeling, & Coping During Coronavirus Lockdown 

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Hours ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared a post on Facebook mourning her recently late aunt. In it she details her […]

Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

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