By Samuel Abulude
Celebrated writer, Chimamanda Adichie has bared her mind on the movie, Half Of A Yellow Sun adapted from her book of the same title, regarding how much she’s made from the movie.
The award winning writer of Purple Hibiscus and Half Of A Yellow Sun is passionate about giving young writers a platform to learn how to hone their skills, through the NBL sponsored Young Writers Academy she organises yearly in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
She was a guest of Beat FM’s OAPs Olisa Adibua and Maria on Monday, September 1 and the eloquent Chimamanda opined on why she decided to encourage young writers to be trained through her workshop.
“I was let down by publishers 27 times but I didn’t give up on my writing ability. They would return my scripts and I’d go back to the drawing board and improve on the quality of the stories. Some did that because it wasn’t good enough, while some others have enough on their hands. So all these make me give would-be writers a leaning shoulder.
“On Half Of A Yellow Sun, I haven’t made that money yet. The director, Biyi Bandele and executive producer, Yewande Sadiku-Bakare did a lot and sacrificed to bring the movie out. Even the delay in screening by the censors’ board almost marred that effort but they remained resolute. The movie is a small budget movie but with international appeal, telling the Nigerian story in simple terms,” she explained.
Source: Leadership, 5th September 2014.