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Don't Mention the Biafran War

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 02 May 2014

Half of a Yellow Sun is a film set against the backdrop of Nigeria's Biafra war - a terrible conflict at the end of the 1960s that pitched one ethnic group the Igbo, against Hausa and Yoruba. Its based on a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and is released at a time when Nigeria is once more in turmoil with violence never far from the news. So is this the reason why the country's film censors have delayed its release? Chikodili Emelumadu and Aliyu Tanko, two BBC African journalists who were not born at the time, explain why 44 years on, the subject is still so sensitive.

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(Photo: Nigerian troops entering Port Harcourt, after routing Biafran troops during the Biafran War. Credit: Getty Images)



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