Half of a Yellow Sun
Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer.
A sweeping romantic drama written by, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN takes the sisters and their lovers on a journey through the war which is powerful, intensely emotional and, as the response of readers around the world has shown, it is a story which can touch everyone’s heart.
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Academy Award and Golden Globe Winner 12 Years a Slave star; 5 time Golden Globe nominee Thandie Newton, (Crash, Mission Impossible II, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Chronicles of Riddick, Beloved, For Colored Girls), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer. She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature Adichie has honoured as a Hodder fellow, MacArthur Fellow, and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Fellow.
Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Amara Enyia
Dr. Amara Enyia first learned from her parents, Nigerian immigrants who came to the United States, the importance of living to her fullest potential. For Amara, that meant earning both a PhD in Education Policy and a law degree from the University of Illinois, simultaneously. That’s the energy and focus she brings to participating in marathons and Iron Man events. It’s also what drives her to push Chicago to be the city it has always had the potential of becoming. Her father fought for Biafra in the Nigerian Civil War. Amara serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ACE Municipal Partners.