Half of a Yellow Sun movie and childhood experiences

Nollywood movie “Half of a yellow Sun” triggers emotional reminiscent of the Biafra war, Part 1

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The movie “Half of a yellow Sun” triggered flashbacks of my childhood experiences marking the different stages of the period until I found myself in the Republic of Biafra. From the time the first scene unfolds in the movie when the Queen Elisabeth the second visited Nigeria to the declaration of Nigerian independence in 1960 coupled with the lifestyle of the high society who were dancing highlife music played by a band, I knew I was in to revisit that memory lane of my early education in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Ibadan was everything to me. Ibadan my Ibadan, never shall I forget you! I felt very safe in this city because I spoke Yoruba language without accent and it would be very difficult for the natives to even guess that I was from the Igbo tribe. The declaration of independence which I witnessed as a child was a moment of joy and celebration in Ibadan and across the whole of Nigeria just like the characters of the Movie Half of a Yellow Sun.
With the eyes of a child I admired the mondain society after Nigerian Independence. The new elites called the “have-been-tos” because of their British accent and for the fact that they took possession of the European quarters which the British left behind, their cooks, stewards, gardeners and baby nurse. We can see in the movie when Odenigbo played by Chiwetel Ejiofor tells Ugwu, the house boy played by John Boyega to address him by his name: “Call me Odenigbo. My name is not Sir.” Until today, it is still fashionable for the Nigerian elites to hire house workers who do the chores of the house and each time “Oga” or Madame appear they will greet and bow: Welcome Sir, Well done Madame, “Oga Madame, Sorry”. Many work 16 hours per day for peanuts. The Nigerian “sweatshops” can be seen in many nollywood movies.

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