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Genevieve Nnaji Says She “Learned A Lot About Our Struggles” From Half Of A Yellow Sun

When Genevieve Nnaji was in the red chair, she talked to George about her role in the film Half of a Yellow Sun.

The film was based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's book of the same name about the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967–70.

"I learned a lot about the past from this present movie that I did... I learned a lot about our struggles, especially as easterners. I'm from the east, we're called the Igbo tribe and we were greatly involved in the war. 

"You do realize there were a lot of restrictions that aren't there now. And as children we weren't told — and I think people, our parents, tried to shield us from the truth that they faced. 

"But I think it's a good thing if we knew a bit of our history. Hopefully that'll be cultivated into the schools."

Genevieve Nnaji's interview with George airs Friday, January 17 at 7 pm on CBC.

credits

Half of a Yellow Sun (film) - Yellow Sun Ltd, Slate Films, Shareman Media, British Film Institute (BFI)
Half of a Yellow Sun (book) - Anchor Books
Headshots courtesy Genevieve Nnaji
"Bursting Out - Emem Isong Production
Royal Arts Academy"
Ijé - Xandria Productions
Tango With Me - Brickwall Communications, Talking Drum Entertainment
The Mirror Boy - OH Films
Doctor Bello - Black Ivory Communications
Tiff Logo - Toronto International Film Festival