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Chimamanda Adichie Reacts to Video Censors Board Delay of the Release of Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie

Half Of A Yellow Sun author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has reacted to the decision by the Nigerian Video Films and Censors Board to halt certification of the movie based on her respective book.

The celebrated author tagged the recent actions by Nigerian censors as unreasonable and disappointing even though the director of the movie, Biyi Bandele has said the film was never banned.

According to 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," she said.

However, the author found some sense in the censors' action, despite calling it "a knee-jerk political response". She agreed that Nigeria is on edge, with upcoming elections that would be fiercely contested, religion and ethnicity increasingly politicized, and Boko Haram committing mass murders and abductions.