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Half Of A Yellow Sun author,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reacts on The decision by the NVFCB to halt certification of the movie

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Half Of A Yellow Sun author,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reacted the decision by the Nigerian Video Films and Censors Board to halt certification of the movie based on her respective book. The cinema release of 'Half of a Yellow Sun' in Nigeria remains postponed due to the fact the National Film and Video Censors Board has not certified the movie yet. The release date will be announced once the Board has certified the film for release to the public, but nobody can give exact dates, or even make predictions.

The celebrated author tagged the recent actions by Nigerian censors as unreasonable and disappointing.

Chimamanda shared her views in an article, 'Hiding From Our Past', which was published in The New Yorker Magazine. She was surprised that the censors delayed the release of the movie motivating their decision that it "might incite violence in the country".

"I find this absurd - security operatives, uniformed and alert, gathered in a room watching a romantic film - but the censors' action is more disappointing than surprising, because it is part of a larger Nigerian political culture that is steeped in denial, in looking away," Chimamanda wrote.

"Conspiracy theories thrive. Soldiers are hostile to video cameras in public. Officials who were yesterday known as thieves are widely celebrated today. It is not unusual to hear Nigerians speak of "moving forward," as though it might be possible merely to wish away the unpleasant past," the writer continued.

"Nigerians are sophisticated consumers of culture and, had the censorship board not politicized the film by delaying its release, I suspect that few people would have objected to it at all," Chimamanda concluded.

Additional Material by CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE/The New Yorker Magazine

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