Half of a Yellow Sun is a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Published in . She is opposed to the relationship between Odenigbo and Olanna because they are not officially married (no bride price paid yet) plus Olanna is. Soon afterward Olanna tells Odenigbo, though, after he asks her to move back in The loyalty of Olanna and Odenigbo's relationship will now take work and. This is the ostensible heart of the novel: infidelity and the wound it inflicts upon Olanna and Odenigbo's relationship. You could, perhaps, draw.
Maintains late night visits with Ugwu until the war starts. Mama Odenigbo's mother — A village woman from Abba. She is opposed to the relationship between Odenigbo and Olanna because they are not officially married no bride price paid yet plus Olanna is an unnatural woman. Amala — A village girl who works for Mama, Odenigbo's mother.
Amala gets pregnant but after giving birth, she refuses to take the child and sends her back to Mama.
Chief Okonji — Friend of Olanna and Kainene's parents. Chief Okonji claims a romantic interest in Olanna, but is thoroughly rebuffed by Olanna. Chief Ozobia manipulates his daughters for financial benefit.
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He also keeps a mistress, and eventually leaves Nigeria during the war. She does not have a strong relationship with her daughters, and her marriage with Chief Ozobi might be described as a pretense.
Uncle Mbaezi — Olanna's uncle, he is the brother of Olanna's mother. Aunty Ifeka — Uncle Mbaezi's wife. Arize is eager find a husband and get married. Like her parents, she looks up to Olanna.
Mohammed — Olanna's ex-boyfriend. He is a handsome Hausa man. Even after she leaves him for Odenigbo, they remain on good terms and she frequently visits him until the war starts. During the war, he writes her letters but they feel very distanced. Baby — Olanna and Odenigbo's daughter. Amala is Baby's birth mother, but refuses to keep her.
When Olanna sees her, she decides to adopt her. Baby's real name is Chiamaka, which means "God is beautiful. Susan Grenville-Pitts — Initially Richard's girlfriend. She lives in Nigeria but mainly associates with other expatriates or upper class Nigerians. Her racism towards Nigerians as well as her possessiveness towards Richard emerge periodically throughout the novel.
Major Madu — Lifelong friend of Kainene. Major Madu serves in first the Nigerian army and later in the Biafran army. He and Richard's relationship is strained due to the uncertainty of Madu's role in Kainene's life. Special Julius — Army contractor. He becomes a frequent visitor of Odenigbo when they are in Umuahia.
Ekwenugo — Member of the Science group in the Biafran army. Ekwenugo meets Olanna and Odenigbo in Umuahia. Mrs Muokelu — Co-teacher with Olanna at Umuahia.
Muokelu as manly and slightly judgmental. Muokelu eventually stops teaching and starts trading across enemy lines. Okoromadu — An old acquaintance of Olanna's, Okoromadu helps her get emergency supplies for baby in Umuahia. Eberechi — Ugwu's love interest in Umuahia. Alice — Odenigbo and Olanna's neighbor at their second place of residence in Umuahia. Alice seeks refuge in Umahia after being tricked by an Army Colonel. She is known as a recluse and avid pianist.
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Mystery shrouds her relationship with Odenigbo. Father Marcel — Helps coordinate refugee relief with Kainene in Orlu. Father Marcel is later accused of impropriety by some of the refugees. High-Tech — A young soldier and leader of Ugwu's reconnaissance unit.
Political conflict between the Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Fulani people erupted into two deadly military coups. The Igbo tried to breakaway from Nigeria to become the Republic of Biafra, but was met with little support. From onward, the war fell into a form of deadlock, with Nigerian forces unable to make significant advances into the remaining areas of Biafran control.
Nigeria cut off humanitarian aid to Biafra, resulting in hundreds of thousands of civilians dying from starvation and disease. Many lives and resources were lost during the war; and even today there are still tensions between the different ethnic and religious groups of Nigeria. The author has stated she believes that many of the issues that caused the war remain today.
She further commented that the war is talked about "in uninformed and unimaginative ways", and that the war is as important to the Igbo people her book features today as it was then. Here, the usefulness of various forms of African governance are discussed amongst the Nigerian intelligentsia.
One particularly noteworthy debate involves Odenigbo defending the tribe as the ideal unit for African, as other characters stress the need for pan-Africanism or nationalism.
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He is quoted as proclaiming: I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white. But I was Igbo before the white man came. Richard, although with good intentions, tries too hard to be part of first Nigeria, and later Biafra.
His fascination with the culture and his wish to be part of Biafra leads to him speaking for Biafrans by attempting to write two novels, one about the art, and the second one about the Biafran war. Richard is unable to complete either, and concludes that these are not his stories to tell. However, he is effective when he writes about the war for the Western press, which actually helps Biafra's cause. Odenigbo regularly hosts fellow professors from Nsukka University for political discussions on the weekends.
Over the course of the novel, Half of a Yellow Sun seems to criticize both these professors and their opinions. Also, Kainene's business mind helps her successfully run a refugee camp, whereas Olanna and Odenigbo seem ineffectual.
Adichie seems to emphasize the reality of action over the ephemeral nature of opinion. The rule of Western journalism is obvious when Richard meets with the foreign journalists: It was like somebody sprinkling pepper on his wound: Thousands of Biafrans were dead, and this man wanted to know if there was anything new about one dead white man. Richard would write about this, the rule of Western journalism: One hundred dead black people equal one dead white person.
If you really want to contribute, this is the way that you can. The world has to know the truth of what is happening, because they simply cannot remain silent while we die. In one of the pivotal moments, Olanna is disappointed by Odenigbo's betrayal and goes to Kano to seek comfort from her family there. Your life belongs to you and you alone. On the other hand, when Olanna's father cheats on her mother, Olanna's mother does not confront him about it.
She only asks Olanna to tell her father to do it more subtly. Marriage Marriage is a recurrent theme in Half of a Yellow Sun.
Through their experiences we come to apprehend three important aspects of post-colonial Nigeria: This is the ostensible heart of the novel: You could, perhaps, draw a political parallel here with Nigeria's loss of innocence - the before and after of peace and war - but if that is Adichie's intention, it is very subtle.
Ultimately, sexual betrayal and its ancillary impact on the relationship between Kainene and Richard is the hook here - certainly for the first half of the novel. War, when it finally comes, does not serve merely as a backdrop to this story; it is a living presence and Adichie doesn't shy from detailing its more grotesque transgressions.
She returns to one atrocity as a sort of leitmotiv throughout the book: The relentless onslaught of sights such as these, combined with the deprivations of refugee existence, inevitably change Adichie's characters, re-casting their relationships and allegiances.
Half of a Yellow Sun is not difficult fiction - what impresses about Adichie's writing is not so much her style, as the broad canvas she uses and so skilfully covers. There is no difficult area or detail she retreats from. Occasionally, there are technical transparencies - as well as moments when we wish she had given Olanna a couple of imperfections an unsightly mole somewhere might have done the job - but these are tiny nicks in the overall fabric.