On Tuesday, July 29th, the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Africa (MITDC-A) hosted a VIP networking reception and screening of the award-winning Nigerian film Half of a Yellow Sun. Working in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Development and the World Energy Cities Partnership, the MITDC-A presented the film to over two hundred and fifty attendees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. An initiative of the Arts, Cultural, and Community Relations of the MITDC-A, the screening offered an opportunity to introduce the Houston business and cultural community to the work of contemporary African filmmakers, and more specifically the products of the booming “Nollywood” film industry. The networking reception allowed the MITDC-A to introduce themselves and representatives of Houston’s diverse and growing Nigerian community to important business, government, can cultural leaders in Houston
Half of a Yellow Sun has received worldwide acclaim and has been screened in several U.S. cities including, New York and Chicago. The movie is part of the rich cultural cannon of Nigerian film and entertainment and heralds the premiere of Nigeria’s “Nollywood”, the second largest film industry in the world, here in Houston. Based on a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun tells the story of twin sisters Oleanna and Kainene and their experiences, and the experiences of their loved ones, during the Nigerian Biafran War from 1967 to 1970.
The Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Africa (MITDC-Africa) is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of the City of Houston. A volunteer council that advises the Mayor on issues pertaining to Africa and the African community in Houston, MITDC-Africa is dedicated to raising the profile of the African community in Houston, as well as introduce Houston as a friendly and welcoming city to the African region. The MITDC-A would like the thank the host, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the many local sponsors for their support of our event.
To view photos of the event, please visit the Mayor’s Office of International trade and Development’s Facebook here. For more information about the event, or the MITDC-A, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.