The much anticipated movie, ‘Heroes and Zeros’ featuring some of Nollywood’s finest actors, is set to hit the Ghanaian cinema from June 8. The movie which features Nadia Buari and a host of established Nigerian actors including Bimbo Manuel, Olu Jacobs, Norbert Young, Akin Lewis and Funsho Adeolu was recently screened to selected journalists in Accra, at the Silverbird Cinema.
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 re-establishes 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.
The movie, which is directed by ace filmmaker, Niji Akanni is high budget production by Koga Studios . Koga is an entertainment powerhouse in Nigeria, it boasts of state-of-the-art studios for live recordings, editing suites, audio recording studios, a spacious event hall and a lounge. Koga is also a production house with a record label. ‘Heroes and Zeros’ is due to hit the Nigerian cinema in the month of July.