Special Farafina Commemorative Edition of Half of a Yellow Sun with Film Tie-in Cover

As you all know, our film division partnered with Slate Films amongst others to bring this Nigerian epic to the silverscreen. Biyi Bandele directed. Chiwetel and Thandie starred. Anika, Onyeka, Genevieve, OC Ukeje, and many of Nollywood’s finest put in appearances.

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In honour of their efforts, Farafina will release a commemorative edition of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. It will feature a film tie-in cover. And it will be released to stores on March 14th 2014.

A little birdy tells Farafina that the wait for the film is almost over *cough* Early April *wheeze*. So we will see you at the cinema; but first read the book again. Refresh your memory.

Farafina urges you to download these images of the book above and make it your desktop wallpaper

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A word to our trade partners and merchants: these are the only covers of the book available.To pre-order copies of the book, send email to orders@kachifo.com. Fight piracy. Buy the original.

A NOD TO THE PAST AND A POINTER TO THE FUTURE: A Film Buff’s Review of Biyi Bandele’s Adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun

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Biyi Bandele must have felt that the cinematic thread that would weave Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s epic Half of A Yellow Sun into a coherent visual narrative had to be the relationship between the sororal twins Kainene and Olanna.  It is a gamble that pays off spectacularly onscreen. The world premiere at The Elgin and Wintergarden Theatre at the recent 2013 Toronto Film Festival ended with an extended standing ovation from an appreciative audience.

Bandele uses the relationships between the sisters and their lovers to explore the tensions between progressive and reactionary ideals in the emerging post-independent Nigeria, against a backdrop of a political structure broken by ethnic rivalry and a country plunged into war.  The film opens on independence day and ends at the cessation of the civil war, focusing on the effects of the war on the lives of the wealthy, beautiful and well-educated Ozobia sisters and their lovers, the revolutionary Odenigbo and the romantic Richard. Confident Kainene takes over the family business in Port Harcourt with an audacity that compels her father’s friend to note that Chief Ozobia did not lose out for having only twin daughters. Reserved Olanna chooses a progressive vocation, teaching at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.  It is also a more traditional choice, facilitating a searing romance with Odenigbo who also lectures at the university.

As the war closes in on the main protagonists and forces them to move from Nsukka, to Abba (not to be confused with Aba) and then to Umuahia, Bandele explores perhaps most tellingly, the blighting effect of war, on the lives of real people in whose towns and villages it is fought, as it grinds endlessly on. The linear structure and lyrical style of the narrative may merely nod at the director’s theatre background but they also pay direct, even if unwitting, homage to its Nollywood antecedents.

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The casting of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Odenigbo and Thandie Newton as Olanna delivered the most compelling romantic chemistry seen on film in recent times. The duo has had ample practice. This is the third time they’ve been cast as lovers in feature films. You’ll have to watch the film to find out if they finally got hitched onscreen. Ejiofor is a passionate, flawed and totally credible Odenigbo while Thandie Newton’s Olanna is vulnerable and always endearing.  Richard, played by Joseph Mawle, is just wistful enough, while his girlfriend, Anika Noni Rose’s caustic Kainene, manages to make a strong emotional connection with the audience that lasts well beyond the film’s end credits. Onyeka Onwenu is unforgettable as Mama, with a commanding performance worthy of multiple awards. John Boyega’s dignified portrayal of Ugwu foretells a bright future for the young actor, and Gloria Young delivers a noteworthy performance as Aunty Ifeka. Genevieve Nnaji’s faintly provocative role as Miss Adebayo, cements the film’s authentic homage to Nollywood.

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Biyi Bandele’s Half of A Yellow Sun works well beyond playing successfully to a live audience in a full cinema. It is worth seeing for several good reasons, from Andrew McAlpine’s outstanding yet understated production design, so artfully captured by John de Borman’s skillful cinematography, to Ben Onono’s haunting cover of Sibelius’ Finlandia and Jo Katsaras’s evocative period costumes.

Half of A Yellow Sun is an active collaboration between the British and Nigerian film industries was shot largely in Nigeria at the Tinapa Studios and on location in Calabar and Creek Town.

Nigerian edition of AMERICANAH

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Farafina is proud to announce the Nigerian edition of AMERICANAH, the highly anticipated novel by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Release date is April 21, 2013 in Lagos. In the months following the release, the author will go on a national book tour with stops in major cities across Nigeria.

ABOUT THE BOOK

AMERICANAH is a fearless novel set in Nigeria, England and America. It boldly takes on issues both big and small: love, race, home, hair, Obama, immigration, and self-invention. In the early 1990s, under Abacha’s government, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. People are leaving the country if they can and Ifemelu leaves for America, where alongside defeats and triumphs, she confronts the inevitable question of race. Obinze, unable to join her in America, goes on to live as an illegal immigrant in London. After several years they have both achieved success — Ifemelu as a popular blogger about race, and Obinze as a wealthy man in the now democratic Nigeria. When Ifemelu decides to return to Nigeria, she and Obinze must both make the biggest decision of their lives.

REVIEWS

From Binyavanga Wainaina, Caine Prize winner and author of ONE DAY I WILL WRITE ABOUT THIS PLACE:

“Fearless. A towering achievement…From the place of Africans in the race politics in America, to love across continents, AMERICANAH dares to bring us a world of a confident and self-made woman making her way in these complicated times. This is the Africa of our future. Sublime, powerful and the most political of Chimamanda’s novels. She continues to blaze the way forward.”

From Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association:

“Adichie is a word-by-word virtuoso with a sure grasp of social conundrums in Nigeria, East Coast America, and England; an omnivorous eye for resonant detail; a gift for authentic characters; pyrotechnic wit; and deep humanitarianism. AMERICANAH is a courageous, world-class novel about independence, integrity, community, and love—and what it takes to become a ‘full human being.’”

From Dave Eggers, Pulitzer prize finalist, and author of WHAT IS THE WHAT:

“As she did so masterfully with Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently…This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adichie’s virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity.”

From Colum McCann, IMPAC award winner and author of LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN:

“Adichie’s great gift is that she has always brought us into the territory of the previously unexplored. She writes about that which others have kept silent. AMERICANAH is no exception. This is not just a story that unfolds across three different continents, it is also a keenly observed examination of race, identity and belonging in the global landscapes of Africans and Americans.”

AMERICANAH can be pre-ordered by emailing orders@kachifo.com, calling +2348077364217 or tweeting at us: @farafinabooks

Price: Hardback N4500, Paperback N2500.

Upon release, AMERICANAH will be available in all major bookstores across the country.

Details of national book tour will be announced later.