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OJIESON, Silver Abhulimhen

Historical Materials and Fictional Verities in Half Of A Yellow Sun – A Review

Silver Abhulimhen OJIESON

School of Postgraduate Studies

Department of Creative Arts

University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos


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The foremost pieces of Hubert Ogunde were adapted theatrical enactments. Obotunde Ijimere's Everyman towed the paths of biblical myths as well as Ola Rotimi's adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. Following the attainment of political independence, the viability of shows greatly affected the way in which text and historical sources were treated. Biyi Bandele's film on Chimamanda Adichie's novel of the same title – Half of a Yellow Sun – incorporates historical materials into a production that post dates the Nigerian civil war without betraying the significance of how the production elements culminated in a motion picture. Worthy of mention is the BBC's documentary files on Biafra and Odumegwu Ojukwus personality which formed an integral part of the film as well as Chimamanda's narrative which births the source of the screenplay. History and fiction have always had a smooth romance in terms of dramatic subject matters. In this study, attention is paid to the critical subject matters history recorded as well as the resultant effect of Chimamanda's literary creation on the final cut of Biyi Bandele's effort seen in the saga between the East and the rest of Nigeria in the late 1960s. It is a fact that playwrights depend on the retelling of other people’s story, especially from a different cultural background to project their ideological views about a subject of serious socio-cultural and political standpoints. In this paper, the author evaluates the significance of adaptation as a method of storytelling and its derivative effects on the transposition of cultural reference points highlighted.