Good Morning. Hope you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.
Here’s the Politics Part of the Post:
This week, the President praised the power of solar, honored this year’s TOP COPS, awarded the Medal of Honor and traveled to New York for the opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Now for some cultural reminders.
If you haven’t checked it out, please check out the web series An African City.
It’s the story of five Western-Educated African women who have returned to their home country of Ghana. The first season has just finished. Absolutely loved it. I love Sade, she cracks me up.
Then, there is the Nigerian produced Half of a Yellow Sun – the first big Nigerian production to go stateside.
From The Root
Half of a Yellow Sun Comes Full Circle
The story about identity, anxiety and love, set during the Nigerian civil war, doesn’t stray far from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s brilliant novel.
By: Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Posted: May 13 2014 12:45 PM
Movies rarely do books justice, and thus I was surprised that the film adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun captured the nuance that author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie achieved in her award-winning novel.
The stellar ensemble cast is partially responsible. Wealthy Nigerian twin sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are each involved in romantic relationships that are effected by the political and social unrest underway in Nigeria during the Biafran civil war of the late 1960s. Olanna, the caramel-complexioned and somewhat prissy sister is dating (and eventually marries) a sharp-tongued revolutionary professor by the name of Odenigbo (played by Afro-British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor). Kainene, the chocolate-complexioned sister who’s funny and delightfully acerbic, is dating a white British writer by the name of Richard (Joseph Mawle). Throughout the course of Richard’s time in Nigeria, he begins to identify as a Nigerian and ultimately a Biafran. It’s such an interesting character arc to see this white man come into himself in Africa.
Newton’s and Rose’s on-screen chemistry is palpable. They’re distant, yet synchronized—as is often the norm for sisters. Both Olanna and Kainene are smart as whips, cultured (they were schooled in London), and have an uncomfortable relationship with the wealth they stand to inherit.
Like the book, the film Half of a Yellow Sun is an African story through and through, and yet there’s something universal and familiar about the way the movie depicts the indigenous people and sounds of rural and urban Nigeria.
Finally, BELLE is finally in theatres. Check it out.