|BIMBO AND NADIA BUARI|
One of the most anticipated movies of this era in Nollywood,Heroes and Zeros has been tipped for greatness judging by the number of seasoned actors and actresses that took part in this one-of-a-kind Nollywood flick.
The movie is scheduled to hit the big screens in Ghana sometime in May this year and also due for cinema release in Nigeria in the month of August. The movie features Bimbo Manuel, one of Nigeria’s finest who actually started out on the television soaps and was shot into prominence in the soap, Checkmate. Same soap opera shots the likes of Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Ego Boyo and others into prominence. Bimbo is an actor that has surely paid his dues in the Nigerian movie industry without any iota of doubt. His delivery in Heroes and Zeros has been described as ‘way beyond extra ordinary’ by a film critic who saw it in the studio.
|Olu Jacobs, Akin Lewis and Gabriel Afolayan|Heroes and Zeros
is a fiction film, yet it looks like a reality-based documentary. Many scenarios appear as if they have been lifted directly from contemporary realities of Nigerian life and living. Nadia Buari, one of
Ghana’s best hands in movie industry gave a performance of a lifetime that the director, Niji Akanni described as her best so far ‘because she was challenged to dig deep’.
The movie features a slew of impressive casts of veterans in the industry and fast rising acts too who know their onions and have been impressive so far in their respective genres of acting, the likes of , Olu Jacobs, Tina Mba, Akin Lewis, Norbert Young, Brigette Cherile, Funsho Adeolu, Gabriel Afolayan, Jude Urhorra and many others took part in the movie.
The works of the likes of Olu Jacobs, Tina Mba, Norbert Young, Akin Lewis clearly speak for them and they have all joined forces in this new movie, Heroes and Zeros to deliver another Niji Akanni’s classic.
Coming from the stable of entertainment powerhouse, KOGA, the movie was written, produced and directed by prolific filmmaker Niji Akanni, one of the best hands Nigeria has ever produced.
Heroes and Zeros is the story of destructive pursuance of Tonia (Nadia Buari) by Amos Fele (Bimbo Manuel). Ten years ago, Amos Fele was a wealthy celebrity director in the Nigerian film industry. Now he lives in a ramshackle flat, doing occasional low-paying TV commercials for nameless products. He’s a daily comic relief on the local soccer practice pitch: because though he’s already 45 years old, he nurses a new, insane dream of making it into the dollar-soaked world of international soccer! His joyless marriage to Tinuke (Tina Mba) , a junior bank worker, is crumbling fast, especially after the death of their only child.
A boost to his sagging spirit comes when a big-budget French-Nigerian film project appoints him as director. Suddenly, the press begins to (re)celebrate him. Top actors and producers begin to call him up. To his wife’s distress, Fele also quickly reestablishes his wane reputation as a first-class womanizer.
Fele’s new rise coincides with that of Dibu Ijele (Gabriel Afolayan) as Yellow Journalism’s new enfant terrible. Dibu is a reporter with Naija Scene, a weekly tabloid. The paper’s new board of directors (led by Olu Jacobs), with its eyes on profit, supports Dibu’s theory that the only way to beat the competition is to scoop and sell dirt about anyone with a famous face or name. Dibu’s editor, Mr. Ayodele Alisa (Akin Lewis), an urbane fellow, tries to fight him and the board.
Fele becomes obsessed with Tonia, a ravishing beauty and lead actress of the Nigerian-French film project. Ignoring the warnings of his best friend, Nnamdi (Norbert Young), a psychology professor, Fele pursues his obsession with Tonia to its tragic conclusion: losing his new job, ending his marriage and ending up in a mental hospital. Unknown to him, Tonia and her sister, BISOLA have something up their sleeves.