Genevieve Nnaji's Role In Half Of A Yellow Sun Is A Small Part?
Story by Tambay A. Obenson
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Why all the hullabaloo over Nollywood diva Genevieve Nnaji's role in Biyi Bandele's film daptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half Of A Yellow Sun when it is just a small role?
Well that is what Tambay A. Obenson calls it in a report on her leading role in Mahmood Ali-Balogun's thriller Tango With Me set to premiere in London on August 16.
Nollywood starlet Genevieve Nnaji (maybe the most internationally well-known Nollywood actress) is a name and face that I think those who are not at all Nollywood-conscious will soon start to hear more about, as she navigates her way further towards much wider, global recognition.
Most recently, she was cast in director Biyi Bandele's big screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half Of A Yellow Sun., alongside Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dominic Cooper, in what may end up being her most significant non-Nollywood project to date (although it's a small role); she also co-stars alongside Isaiah Washington, and Jimmy Jean-Louis, in the upcoming Nollywood/Hollywood production, Dr. Bello.
She's probably starred in about 50 Nollywood movies, maybe more, but the above 2 projects (especially Half Of A Yellow Sun) may be the first to screen commercially, theatrically in the USA, to audiences outside of the Nollywood sphere.
But we may as well get to know her and her work as she makes what seems like a gradual transition...
A press release I received earlier today about a project she stars in, titled Tango With Me, announcing its UK opening, for you UK readers:
Nollywood film ‘Tango with Me’ Secures UK distribution.
TALKING DRUM ENTERTAINMENT a new UK based distribution company specialising in black film have set an 17 August, 2012 release date for the hit African romantic drama ‘TANGO WITH ME’ starring Genevieve Nnaji and Joseph Benjamin as a young couple facing a complex concoction of moral issues within their marriage.
The film directed and produced by Mahmood Ali-Balogun under his Brickwall Communications production company has been booked to show across all the major cinema chains - Odeon, Vue and Cineworld - in what will be one of the widest releases for a black independent film in the UK & Ireland.
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Chimamanda | 7/3/2012 9:36:40 AMFrivolity does not define journalism, NFC, look for news and feed people with. This is real frivolous. Genevieve is a well accomplished actress, recognised all over the world, she can play any role she likes. Leave the lady alone and look for something meaningful and do with your time. Reply this thread
HEAVY | 7/3/2012 9:56:11 AM |
U are so lovely for this coment.I give u all the credit.Bisous, ma cherie.
Crystal | 7/3/2012 1:18:40 PM |
Ur report is crap, u're nt only implying dat her transition in2 Hollywood is slow, u're also saying Tango nd Half of a yellow sun are d only movies dat hav bin theatrically viewed in Hollywood, what happens 2 Ije, what abt d ones dat hav hit London cinemas? U're so pathetic, D FACT IS GENNY IS D ONLY NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS DAT HAS GONE INTL, OMOT FOLLOWS!
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 1:52:59 AM |
Did me and my homies and my dearest dear Lolo not say that it was a one minute role?!? Ahahahahaaa!!! The old cargo genefhuckinve shouldnt have even announced it on her cheape webpage sef! The part ain't even worthy to be announced sef o! Ahahahaaa!!! Shame! SMALL PART is a disgrace and the old cargo with her stewpid retard of fans calls hera "star"! Ahahahaaaa!!! Our OMOTOLA QUEEN OF HERATS ALWAYS HAVE LEAD SUBSTANTIAL ROLES!!!
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 2:01:26 AM |
Old fhucker cargo genefhucinve is NOT starrring in ANY hollywood production with that old looking gambia hollywood reject isiah washington o! The stewpid play is another nollysheitwood play! Genefhuckinve will NEVER sniff hollywood at all at all!!
Nneoma | 7/4/2012 3:52:22 AM |
God bless u 4 dat beautiful comment, u ve said it all. Genny is an accomplished actress who is well recognized both home & abroad. So taking up a minor or major role is in a movie is entirely her choice, afterall its not how far, but how well. Pls u write shld STFU bcos Genny is already a hollywood STAR.
ANNA | 7/4/2012 4:56:03 AM |
I thought we have gone passed dis her wakapass role.When u forcefully cast urself in a movie u get a 5min scene biko.QUEEN OF HEARTS O will never do such thing,she knws her worth even the DR BELLO OMOTOLA REJECTED IT GENEVIEVE HIJACKED IT hahahahha abeggii.
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 7:01:52 AM |
Ahahahahaahaaaa...yes nah shebi we talked about it since?! The one minute role genefhuckinve has no even worth mentioning sef! It is embarrassing! But the rest like zack orji and co part even dey better! Genefhuckinve is trying soooo hard but she no get get anywhere! Ahahahahaah!!! Ewo!
Nneoma | 7/4/2012 7:43:34 AM |
Lala, u no say who God don bless, no man can curse. So una like it o or not o, if there is any industry above hollywood, dats where Genny belong. So who wan cry shld keep on crying oooo! bcos we no send una message.
Someone somewhere | 7/3/2012 12:48:41 PM |
Dont mind these people,they are not serious,they are looking for people to argue and insult here maybe,Genny is the most popular in África,so whether small role or big,it doesnt matter
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 2:43:43 AM |
You should be ashamed of your miserable self due to your fhucking old cargo genefhuckinve "small" part! Ahahahaahahahaaaa!! I am so happy that she aint worth nothing!! Ahahahahaaaa!!
Adamu Garba® | 7/4/2012 7:30:31 AM |
U no even get SHAME!! So I deal with u as the Shameless OLD WOMAN that u are!!
BIG Role or Small Role Genny STAR made her FAME and WEALTH Decades ago YES!! She worked HARD for it and deserves every bit of Blessings she now enjoys WHO are u? NOBODY!! Wetin u take ur life do? ZERO!!
U were already 16 before Genny was born!! But here u are striving to capitalize on her Stardom seeking CHEAP “wanna be” FLAME 48 year old FAT Woman like u, trying to reap where u did not sow? U LIE BIG TIME!! Keep growing stressfully Fatter by the minute coz of Genny's progress till u EXPLODE!! Genny SHINES while LalaFukker CRIES!! Na u go Tire F.UCKIN PunksAss B.ITCH!! TOTAL Disgrace to Womanhood EDIOT!!
Keku | 7/3/2012 2:27:28 PM |
Where is Lalaland aka Lolo, Anna,Charisma,Sly,& The Enforcer? When he's not here,all of his IDs disappears. As soon as he's here,all his fake IDs are back.Keep your fingers crossed.
Miss Ghana | 7/4/2012 10:26:02 AM |
First you people talked about how other actresses suited the role better than her and so on. Now that she has the role too you have a problem with it. There is no role in any movie that is a small role. The interpretation of every role and what it adds to the movie is very important. Even if Genevieve appears as an extra, it adds to make the story complete. Genevieve haters! Go find work
bbc | 7/3/2012 9:49:22 AMPlease I want to know if creativity has died? NFC, what happened to journalism? this is not news, look for something informative and give to poeple and leave other people's lives and businesses alone. Reply this thread
angel | 7/3/2012 9:49:32 AMwow that's great, i can't wait to see this movie Reply this thread
B¡t¡ng Z£dd To€¥ | 7/3/2012 10:32:10 AM |
Dat clownish destitude is here again! pmtewwwwwww!
Angel | 7/3/2012 11:02:04 AM |
Hey you, That is another angel, not the real Angel. I never start the spelling of my name with short -letter; its always capital letter. You will go to early grave because of me. I have been off NFC because of some huge project i gat. I am back now Zedd looser-f**l.
Nike | 7/3/2012 10:05:01 AMDid I just read you writing here that " Genevieve is a Nollywood starlet?!" You must be insane, you're oozing envy and pure envy , you're deluded and you're desperately seeking undue attention here by writing shyt here! And who is this writer of nawnsense , Tambay Obenson? From which rat hole on earth did she or he creep out ?! Of all people , this "Tambay" character who is an unheard of and an unrated entity thinks she can now hold the "critic's pen " to tell us which role is too small and too big ? How about telling us how many film roles she has acted in and what makes he and her shytty acting roles comparable to Genevieve Nnaji pretty little toe nail ! Rawbish Tambay! Reply this thread
Genevieve Nnaji's role in Half of a Yellow Sun is a small part?
Chyke | 7/3/2012 10:06:25 AMIt's just a start. This was how she started in nollywood, one day the major roles will come. This may be a small role like u said but it will be challenging but I know my Genny will not disappoint. Thumps up @GENEVIEVE U ROCK DEAR. Reply this thread
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 1:54:24 AM |
Which kind "start" you dey talk about? This is the ending of una old fhucker called genefhuckinve! She is a talentless stiff rock! Mtchew!
B¡t¡ng Z£dd To€¥ | 7/3/2012 10:25:16 AMWe'r tired of hearin old schl stars' story an their doings, anyways, mayb dey pay u guys so as 2 restore their fadin career. bt dat does nt change d fact dat we furomites are d main an d 4st thin u shld ever think off b4 postin ur borin story,right? 4k NFC! Pmtewwwwwww! Reply this thread
NF DID NOT WRITE THE ARTICLE
Orikinla | 7/3/2012 12:08:00 PMPlease, read the article and comment within the context of the issue raised. The author of the original article is Tambay A. Obenson who called our own Queen of Nollywood a "Nollywood starlet"?
These people in Hollywood really know how to look down on Nollywood stars.
If Genevieve Nnaji is an ordinary Nollywood starlet, then what will they call the other less popular Nollywood stars? Reply this thread
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 1:55:57 AM |
Ahahahahaaa! You so called retard fans are just dreamers! Genefhuckinve is just overhyped by her pr there is NOTHING special about her that is why at 40 years of age she is already faded! Make she go find man wey go manage marry her nah! Ahahahaaa!!
chibuzo | 7/22/2012 12:28:43 AM |
why does this fhool keep talking about marriage like it is a completion of life? Something tells me that you have never crossed the borders of that retarded country called Nigeria. How does marriage make you a better person? Gooooosh.....
Chyke | 7/3/2012 12:56:27 PMU talk am well. The white people always feel superior. If she was in hollywood, they would have been respecting her. Look @ Sophie Okonedo, Caroline Chikezie and co considered as perfect and respected just bcos they are in hollywood. To me, Genny is better than them. Reply this thread
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 1:59:11 AM |
Correct sense pass you by for you to write this nonsense wey my 5 year old nephew can not even think of writing! Mtchew!
make I hear word | 7/3/2012 1:55:05 PMplease ohhh. Zack Orji, UC Ukeje, Onyeka Owenu were all in Half of a Yellow sun!! why is it only Genny that people think was casted in that film? Reply this thread
Thank you o
mimi | 7/3/2012 2:33:14 PM |
Because she announced hers and made it seems like she's d best hence they picked her meanwhile better veterans zarc orji,onyeka and o.c ukeje were all casted too.
victor | 7/4/2012 2:17:40 AM |
I am a student of d university of calabar and i was present all through durin d shootin of "half of a yellow sun". The truth is dat, Genevieve nnaji role in d movie is as small as OC ukeje role in d movie... I dnt knw y its allover news dat She landed a role as if its 1 big role...When she came to calabar to shoot her part, she didnt even spend up to 5hrs in calabar b4 she went bak to Lagos...genevieve in d movie will not appear 4 more dan a minuite...she's jst over hyped...thats it.
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 8:36:41 AM |
Eh we all know that nah! Ahahahaaaa! ONE MINUTE shoot! Shameeeee oooo and the old cow genefhuckinve is called a "star"?!? Ahahahahaahaa! I don laff tire so tey my belly dey pain me!
edet | 7/5/2012 11:34:27 PM |
You read the bible at all? you know what it says about those who use evil words against people. you might be anonymous bashing gene but God sees you and your punishment awaits you
edet | 7/3/2012 4:34:18 PM |
Her mere involvement in the film will make her die hard fans in africa watch it just like thandie's fans will have people watch it in usa. Onyeka or zack and the rest don't have that power Big deal!!!!!
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 1:58:14 AM |
Dream on! All other better most prominent nigerian play actors like zack orji, onyeka and co and soooo much better and they are not raving about being in the film! Only old cargo genefhuckinve wey get one minute shot na all of una they make uneccessary noise about! Mtchew! You so called retard fans of genefhuckinve are just jokers!!
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 6:59:36 AM |
Now you see why we cannot stand that genevieve nnaji aka genefhuckinve! The cow wants to be knows by force but she aint nothing to write home about!! There are other BETTER nollysheitwood actors and actresses who have been in the industry longer and know their acting skills better who are also part of the film but genefhuckinve posted on her stewpid webpage like she is the ONLY one when she isnt! Also her part is just ONE MINUTE show time! End of! Ahahahaaaa
edet | 7/5/2012 11:25:06 PM |
Looking for someone to exchange banters with? not me. am sure genevieve doesn't know you. the woman is making money you are here making comments to bring her down. what a shame
Chyke | 7/4/2012 5:00:00 AMLala abeg stop. I always come here to read comments nd urs always make me laf. The fact is that Genny is talented. She is the only nollywood star that looks like an actress. I lv Genny. Reply this thread
Lalaland | 7/4/2012 7:00:21 AM |
To you maybe genefhuckinve is a "star" to the rest of us she is NOTHING but an overhyped stiff rock!!
edet | 7/5/2012 11:42:16 PM |
You have accomplist abi? that 'stiff' acting is what made half of a yellow sun pick her over every other actress. with that 'stiff' acting she is Liz benson, Joke Silva, kok, Ramsey noah and Mercy johnson favourite nollywood actress. maybe soap water de ya eyes. go clean am. ignorance na disease
double A | 7/4/2012 1:27:19 PM4 God sake GENNY is not omo t's mate u can't expect dem to be on d same level ,do u knw wat it takes to be interviewed on CNN? GENNY started actin while she was still a TEEN while,OMO T started in 1994 so pls dey re not mate in any aspect GENNY is known all over d world,LALA stop sayin r*****h about her coz she is d QUEEN OF NOLLYWOOD while omo t follows.MILLIONS of ur type can't change dat, ok? Reply this thread
Lalaland | 7/5/2012 2:04:57 AM |
dammy | 7/5/2012 2:31:14 AM@lalaland may be someone needs to remind this dude that omotola is the first African thespian to ever attend the Grammy..... that makes a the king of African movie Reply this thread
on point noni
david | 7/5/2012 2:38:57 AM@dammy leave am joor, omotola isn the queen of African entertainment.. if it's not beef, why would someone mention omotola in the write up that concerns genevieve? Reply this thread
Chiluv | 7/5/2012 4:22:31 AMFake IDs comin up, dammy, david n lala is stil d same person. Lala, u ar a big f**l. Reply this thread
lalaland | 7/5/2012 9:26:46 AMlalaland one person with too many ids trying so hard to bring gennys image down. Do unto others what u will like others to do unto u. I hope omotola is not paying u to tarnish her image becos there is more to dis dat met d eyes. I know ur a women becos ur jealousy,envy,gossip says it all. No man can behave d way u do. Reply this thread
Nnaji movin higher
Erotex | 7/6/2012 12:58:05 AMGenny na Genney wether una like it or not. She remain africa screen goddes, nobdy can try her beside she the famous actress in africa. Bad belle una time don dey reach oh! Continue dey ganish una 42 teeth. Nwa idi ok, onwere nke na emee! Reply this thread
double A | 7/6/2012 1:09:10 AMOmo T went to grammy doesn't mean anytin infact she wasn't welcomed there,she ended up disgracing nollywood,guess u didn't hear d gist well... Reply this thread
An African-American | 7/9/2012 12:52:32 PMI feel terribly sorry for Nigerians. Because this is where 50% of you get your information. Noting here is informative. And y'all movies sucks ass, I mean they are very incoherent. ugh! Reply this thread
An African-American | 7/9/2012 4:19:21 PMI feel terribly sorry for Nigerians. Because this is where 50% of you get your information. Noting here is informative. And y'all movies sucks ass, I mean they are very incoherent. ugh! Reply this thread
whose wife did she starr as in the movie?
1dac | 7/12/2012 8:37:07 AMnfc should state her role.it is not'enough to pompously declared r*****h. I have read the novel and would want to know which role she was cast in.
For all i know,none of the busybodies here or elsewhere has seen the compplete movie for it is not yet available for in alaba format for their type Reply this thread
Oh my goodness!
G.E | 7/25/2012 6:27:48 AMI'm so happy, proud and humbled at the same time because of you Genny. Love you Genny. Keep impressing us. We love it and we love you. Reply this thread
Khutso | 8/20/2012 3:06:45 PMBy :What was the story on the 5 month flip on the house in 2006 for about 100K increase?I'm relaly not sure. Not the kind of thing you relaly feel comfortable asking the seller who you already feel bad for as he's dealing with the harsh reality of not being able to afford the house he thought his family would make a long-term home in.I do know that when the couple who sold it to me bought it in July 2006 it was definitely not a fix-n-flip. The seller described the condition the home was in when they purchased it and it did not sound pretty. I'm hoping he'll be sending me the before photos he took before doing the various remodels he did while living here. Rate this comment: 0 0 Reply this thread