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

'Lagos, capital of Nigeria,

'prepares to give the welcome of its life

to Queen Elizabeth II.

'Or, in its own language,

to Oba Oberin, the King-Lady.

'A million Nigerians

are here to greet her.

'Just seventeen hours

from the mists of London airport,

'the Queen's Argonaut comes to rest

in the sunshine of Ikeja,

'the airport of Lagos.

'The Guard of Honour is mounted

by the Nigeria Regiment,

'many of whom, like the Queen's

husband, wear the Burma Star. '

'Governor General Sir James Robertson

and Lady Robertson

'welcome the royal couple

as they leave the Argonaut.

'In a temperature around the 100 mark,

the queen still looks cool

'as the royal car makes

its 13-mile journey to the capital

'at a steady eight miles an hour.

'Every foot of the way

the road is packed with Nigerians.

'The welcome is as tremendous as

any Her Majesty has ever been given,

'and it's a proud welcome.

'For this is no longer a people

in colonial subjection,

'but a free nation with its feet already

firmly on the road to self-government. '


"The Naughty Little Flea")

Where did the naughty little flea go?

Won't somebody tell me?

Where did the naughty little flea go?

Won't somebody tell me?

Tell me now,

where did the naughty little flea go?

Nobody know, nobody know

Tell me now,

where did the naughty little flea go?

Nobody know, nobody know

There was a naughty little flea

He climbed up

on the doggie's knee

He climbed some here,

he climbed some there

He was climbing everywhere

Tell me,

where did the naughty little flea go...

Happy Independence Day!

Are you going

to help dad get his contracts?

What do you mean?

Will you be spreading your legs

for the Right Honourable Minister

in exchange for daddy's contract?

What do you think?

Hurry up, you two.

His Excellency's here.

- We'll be right down, Mum.

- Help me with this, will you?

I hope you've thought about coming

to join us at the Ministry, Olanna.

We need first-class brains like yours.

How many people get offered jobs

personally from the Finance Minister?

I've decided to go to Nsukka.

I'll be leaving next week.

Is that right?

You have decided to move to Nsukka?

I applied for a job as a lecturer in

the Department of Sociology and I got it.


So you'll be leaving Lagos?

Er... why don't you all come

to my house this weekend, eh?

If only to sample

my cook's fish pepper soup.

The chap is from Nembe,

he knows what to do with fresh fish.

Sounds wonderful, Honourable Minister.

I won't be here this weekend.

You won't be here?

I made plans to go to Kano

to see Uncle Mbaezi and the family.


And what about you, Kainene?

What about me, indeed?

I, too, will be putting my newly acquired

degree to good use.

I'm moving to Port Harcourt

to manage daddy's businesses there.

So Kainene will manage

the cement factory?

The cement factory,

the bottling company,

the sawmills and the freight carriers,


She'll oversee everything in the east.

Whoever said you lost out

by having twin daughters is a liar.

Thank you, Minister.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day.

- Are you all set?

- All set for what, Kainene?

It's Independence Day, Mummy.

There are 1001 soires

in Lagos tonight.

Good evening, Chief.

You realise, don't you, that you've

just cost daddy the contract?

It's not as if he'll get nothing.

Daddy will still give him

ten per cent after all.

Well, the ten per cent is standard,

so extras always help.

The other bidders probably

don't have a beautiful daughter.

That horrid little woman, Richard,

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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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