Producing Half Of A Yellow Sun gulped $10M – Yewande Sidiku
Onyeka Ibeanusi | Friday, 28 March 2014 | 846 Total Views
According to the producers of the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie's award winning novel Half Of A Yellow Sun, the movie production gulped a whopping $10M.
A member of the production team Yewande Sidiku who is a trained investment banker disclosed this to the press recently.
She said, “After I successfully raised $1bn for an undisclosed telecommunications company in Nigeria, I thought it would be very easy to raise $12m to shoot Half of a Yellow Sun. But I was wrong. After I was turned down by some investors, I became very sad and unhappy for Nollywood. But the required funds were finally realised. The movie costs us about $10m dollars to shoot and this is beside other fees.”
The movie which was shot on location in Creektown, Cross-River State, and London, was written and directed by Biyi Bandele. Its cinematic distruition will be handled by Kene Mkparu’s Film distribution company and will premiere in Lagos in April.
The cast of the movie is predominantly Nigerian and home based. The film features sterling performances by established names, Onyeka Onwenu, Gloria Young, Gloria Mba, Zack Orji, Genevieve Nnaji, Jude Orhorha, O.C Ukeje , Kazzem Kae Kazzim amongst many others.