LAGOS: THE eagerly-anticipated blockbuster movie, Half of a Yellow Sun, has fallen victim to rampant piracy in the local film industry.
Although not yet commercially approved for sale in Nigeria, pirates in Lagos are already selling copies of the $10 million film, for peanuts along the streets.
Our correspondent in Lagos observed that the film CDs are being sold in places like Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Obalende at low prices.
While some shop owners sell the film for N500 (about $3) hackers in the busy Lagos streets sell the film for as low as N100.
The film Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mwale, Onyeka Onwenu and John Boyega, among others is Nigeria’s biggest budget film.
It was first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and was later released in the United States.
Attempts to officially release the film for the local market however suffered a setback as the Nigeria Film Video Censor Board initially failed to give the necessary approval to air the film.
The film was later given the green light to air at the cinemas few months back and the producers subsequently announced huge returns after weeks of the premier.
The film producers could not be reached immediately for comment on the development but industry stakeholders estimate that the film might lose huge returns.
Nigeria’s film piracy business is one of the most notorious is the world and is estimated to cost film makers millions in monetary returns.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY