Half of a Yellow Sun

Synopsis: Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Biyi Bandele
Production: Monterey Media
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

and right in my face too.

- Susan, I wasn't.

- I know you didn't mean to flirt.

- But you must understand...

- Susan, I wasn't flirting.

- Champagne, Madam?

- The gossip here is just vicious.

How are you, Olanna?

Happy Independence Day.

The Hausa in the north

are a dignified lot,

the Yoruba are rather jolly,

as well as being first-rate lickspittles.

- And the Igbo are...

- Surly and money-loving.

Hello, Graham.

Meet Kainene Ozobia,

Chief Ozobia's daughter.

Kainene is asumma cum laude

graduate of Yale

and an Oxford graduate to boot.

Kainene, this is Susan Grenville-Pitts,

from the British Council.

- How do you do?

- And this is...

- I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch...

- Richard. Richard Churchill.

Now, I want to speak to you.


I'm no relation of Sir Winston's,

I'm afraid,

or I might've turned out

a little cleverer.

How funny.

Great music, don't you think?

It turns out Kainene and I have

a mutual friend in London.

How lovely. I'll let you two

catch up then. Back in a bit.

You just lied to your wife.

She's not my wife.

- Move out of the way, please.

- What?

There is a photographer behind you

who's keen to take a photo of me,

and particularly my necklace.

Thank you, Ma'am.

The necklace will be featured

in tomorrow's "Lagos Life".

That will be my way of contributing

to our newly independent country.

I'm giving fellow Nigerians

something to aspire to,

an incentive to work hard.

- It's a lovely necklace.

- Of course it's not lovely!

My father has obscene taste

in jewellery.

But it's his money.

I see my sister looking for me.

I should go.

Don't go... please.

Shall I introduce you?

Everybody wants to meet her.

I'd rather talk to you.

If you don't mind.

- Here comes the wife you denied.

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Biyi Bandele

Biyi Bandele (born Biyi Bandele-Thomas; 13 October 1967) is a Nigerian novelist, playwright and filmmaker. Bandele is a UK-based Nigerian writer for fiction, theatre, journalism, television, film and radio.He moved to London in 1990. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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