What abomination? 7 reasons a Nigerian won’t be lead ‘actress’ in the Chimamanda movie

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15 Responses

  1. Rotimi says:

    *Standing Ovation*
    *Standing Ovation*

  2. I Am Legend says:

    God bless you! Number 7 yen gangan ni point! Like you said, we’ve had this book for years! None of our Nollywood “greats” deemed it fit to turn it into a screenplay now some hypocrites have come up with “demands”! Pschew! Pls Mr. Bandele should ignore and go ahead with the production of what I know would be a hugely successful movie! He was behind “Last King of Scotland”?! WOW! Very impressive!

    PS Isn’t Thandie supposed to be playing “Olanna”? Kainene is the twin sister who dated the white guy. What’s his name now? Richard I think.

  3. osi says:

    ‎​I think Thandie should play kainene and not olana. Number 7 is on point

  4. LR says:

    Thandie to play Olana is on point because Olana, as described in the book, is small chested which is similar to that of Thandie. Besides, I hope the movie turns out Fab!

  5. Toksyk says:

    I love Half of a Yellow Sun and agree with all the points (but the title’s 10 and only 7 reasons given)! I can’t even imagine any of the Nollywood overrated and overblown ‘stars’ doing justice to the kind of screenplay this book would produce!
    Thandie Newton as Olanna would be fantastic!

  6. Debo says:

    Well written. It’s an international film.
    We can only hope the film producer is gracious enough to consider an igbo actress.

  7. Olyve says:

    Hauwa, God bless u for this!!! Cos we have practically lost it in Nollywood! 2-3weeks movies just so they can grab quick pay and go run their respective business, thereby, compeletely and shamelessly destroy the meaning/essence of ART, drama,motion pictures etc! Pls like u asked, where were all theses jokers throwing tantrums before now? Mscheew! This is an international movie, if they can even get a redhead to live and act the role, WE WILL APPRECIATE IT, see the movie at cinemas and buy it!!

  8. Nneka says:

    Rhetorical article I must say but you may want to try editing your write-ups before you have them published. I’m seeing too many typographical/grammatical errors that could make this article look like it was written by a juvenile.

  9. Uj says:

    I appreciaite your analysis and I quite agree with the fact that nollywood actresses may not be competent enough to handle the part or even be bankable stars. However here is a list of Nigerian international actresses and the movies they have been in.

    Enuka Okuma
    Actress, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
    “ She’s on Rookie Blue ” – pinkprincess2994

    Hope Olaide Wilson
    Actress, I Can Do Bad All by Myself

    Rakie Ayola
    Actress, Sahara

    Sophie Okonedo
    Actress, Hotel Rwanda

    Annie Ilonzeh
    Actress, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
    “ She’s the first black Charlie’s Angel ” – pinkprincess2994

    Carmen Ejogo
    Actress, Away We Go
    Carmen Ejogo grew up in London. She began her acting career in the UK working with directors such as Micheal Winterbottom and Kenneth Brannagh. She broke through to international acclaim in 1997, as Eddie Murphy’s on screen paramour in the the movie Metro. Later, Ejogo disclosed the full extent of her dramatic range with a skilled portrayal of Sally Hemings…

    Megalyn Echikunwoke
    Actress, Fix
    Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke was born May 28, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is of Caucasian descent. Her last name Echikunwoke means “leader of men” and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes her African royalty. She is known for playing “Nicole Palmer” in the first season of 24…

    Osas Ighodaro
    Actress, Cadillac Records
    Born and raised in the home of the New York Yankees, Osas Ighodaro is a Bronx Native. She hails from an entire Nigerian-born family. While proud of their strong heritage, Osas and her loved ones are equally proud that she is a part of her family’s first American – born generation. As a Nigerian-American…

    Judith Shekoni
    Actress, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
    British born Judi Shekoni is an exotic mix of African, Spanish and British descent. She is soon to be seen as ‘Zafrina’ the leader of the Amazons in Twilight Sagas: Breaking Dawn. Brought up in Britain, she has trained extensively including Shakespeare and the Classics. Her career in the UK included roles on every major television channel…

    Vera Ephraim
    Actress, Blood Tokoloshe
    Vera Ephraim’s full name is Vera Nkechi Anenyeonu. She is from Anambra state, Nigeria. “Ephraim” is her dad’s first name, she decided to use it for her professional name as a sign of their support in her life and profession. Her parents died when she was very young. Acting and dancing have been a long life passion for Vera…

    Adepero Oduye
    Actress, Pariah
    Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced “Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay.” Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira’s play Eclipsed, at the Yale Repertory Theatre; The Bluest Eye…

    Oluwabunmi Adaeze Mojekwu – Eastenders


  10. Kuu says:

    Uj, I feel you but all these names u’ve listed have one foreign influence or the other….grew up in London, raised in Washington..etc, so I bet u they’re probably no more Nigerian than thandie Newton.

  11. Ku says:

    And probably yellower 😉

  12. Uj do you consider these actresses to be Nigerian simply because of their names? There's nothing Nigerian about them from their profiles. Nicole Kidman could play the role for all I care as long as she does the story justice! I would just love to see a Ni says:

    Uj do you consider these actresses to be Nigerian simply because of their names? There’s nothing Nigerian about them from their profiles. Nicole Kidman could play the role for all I care as long as she does the story justice! I would just love to see a Nigerian story get the acclaim of Last King of Scotland and Invictus (where Morgan Freeman played Nelson Mandela). We’ve had enough mediocrity in Nollywood if you ask me, even the name says it all. There is no quota system when it comes to entertainment. Roles have to be based on merit because viewers must get their money’s worth. by Adesuwa

  13. rose says:

    how sickning to read these comments! hauwa i guess you are not qualified to dissect this either since you are Nigerian too and half baked. this whole analysis is pathetic! is this borne out of genuine convictuin of just jealousy of our own? so thandie newton is a better actress than omotola or genny simply because she’s acted bigger budgets with better directors. the girl who acted sarafina was she not even a rukie? Nigerians and Black people mentality….hisssss

    • gbenga says:

      From your comments Dear Rose, it seems quite obvious who is half baked between you and Hauwa. She did justice to the topic and sadly like many other black people, you do not like the truth. Way to go HAUWA, very good piece

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