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‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Reportedly Had A $10 Million Budget

The movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s bestselling novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, cost the production team a lot of Benjamins.

The movie, which is set to premiere in Nigeria on Saturday 12th April, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Genevieve Nnaji, O.C. Ukeje, Onyeka Onwenu, John Boyega, Anika Noni Rose, Zach Orji, Gloria Young and Tina Mba. Biyi Bandele, who also directed the MTV Base “Shuga” Series, was the director.

According to Yewande Sadiku, an Executive Producer of the film, finding the funds for the flick was no easy task. “After I successfully raised $1bn for an undisclosed telecommunications company in Nigeria, I thought it would be very easy to raised $12m to shoot Half Of A Yellow Sun. But I was wrong,” she said at a private screening on Tuesday at the Ozone Cinemas, Yaba, Lagos.

She further stated that: “After I was turned down by some investors, I became very sad and unhappy for Nollywood. But the required funds were finally realised. The movie costs us about $10m dollars to shoot and this is beside other fees.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton will be present at the premiere in Lagos.

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5 comments

  1. $10milla?! These guys really went all out and splurged! And I absolutely love the ‘Shuga’ series, very cool and fly! This movie should be really interesting to see, with all the line-up of filming crew, and its star-studded too. Will definitely go see it.

    • shakespeareanwalter

      I haven’t seen the ‘Shuga’ series 🙁

      • You really haven’t seen the Shuga series?!!!!!!!! You be correct Lastma o!!!!! Very nice series o!!! And I can’t actually wait to get the Half Of A Yellow Sun movie to get to the little people like me o!!!

        • shakespeareanwalter

          LOL @little people like me. Mbok, no be lie ghan. And how, pray tell, may I get this Shuga series?

          • ‘Shuga series’ is on Ebony Live TV Channel on DSTV. Sometimes on MTV Base, also on DSTV. Its in seasons, the recent one being screened in Nigeria, and Tiwa Savage featured in it. The other three seasons are set in Kenya even though Wizkid and Banky featured as well. You should try see all the episodes, they’re really cool!

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