With a production cost of about N1.27 billion ($8m), the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half Of A Yellow is being tagged as Nollywood’s most expensive movie ever.
The movie, shot in Tinapa Film Studio in Cross Rivers & the UK is set to be released shortly. The cast comprises of Nigerian & Britons including Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots, American Gangster, 2012, Salt); Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II, Crash, The Pursuit of Happiness); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, For Coloured Girls); Joseph Mawle (Women in Love, Game of Thrones); John Boyega (Attack the Block); Onyeka Onwenu, Nigerian singer and actress; Genevieve Nnaji and Zack Orji.
With a production cost in the billions, it is a huge step in the right direction for Nollywood and the future impact of Nollywood on the world movie scene. Nigeria’s movie industry is currently ranked 3rd most valuable movie industry after, Hollywood & Bollywood (India).
Chineze Anyaene’s film, ‘Ije,’ also recorded tremendous success at the cinemas, making over N57 million and viewed by an estimated 14,000 people. In 2010, ‘Ije’ was reputed to be Nigeria’s highest selling movie in the cinemas, returning to the cinemas three times that year. Its success was next to Hollywood’s ‘Avatar.’ ‘Anchor Baby’ produced by Lonzo Nzekwe also made over N17 million.