- Ghana: Nadia Buari and Bimbo Manuel Dazzle in 'Heroes and Zeros'
One of the finest faces ever to have made it out of the Gold Coast, Nadia Buari has added another feather to her cap as she gave a good account of herself beyond many people's expectation in a new movie, Heroes and Zeros.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Niji Akanji, Heroes and Zeros have been described as one of the best works to come out of this part of the world in recent times.
According to Niji, Nadia was very professional on set and remains the best of her contemporary that he has ever worked with. "Nadia was very professional, I was impressed. She delivered on her character like never before. If you ask her, she would tell you that she was challenged beyond limit on the job".
The Takoradie born mulatto screen goddess who is presently in United States was in Lagos months back for 28 days shooting the movie.
Heroes and Zeros is the story of the destructive pursuance of Tonia (Nadia Bhuari) 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, 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 as Yellow Journalism's new enfant terrible. Dibu is a Reporter with Naija Scene, a weekly tabloid. The paper's new Board of Directors, 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, Ayoade Alisa, 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, 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.
Other members of cast are: Olu Jacobs, Tina Mba, Akin Lewis, Funsho Adeolu, Norbert Young, Linda Ejiofor, Gabriel Afolayan, Jude Urhorra, Brigette Cherile and others.
- Last week's coup in Guinea-Bissau, in which Prime Minister Carlos Gomez Junior and Interim President Raimundo Pereira were arrested, has been followed by grave violations of the right to information, including threats to journalists, a news blackout and media censorship. “The 12 April military coup has led to serious restrictions on the freedom to report news and information, although this is vital at times of political unrest, Reporters Without Borders said. “A news blackout, in which all radio and TV stations were closed, has been followed by military control of media content. We hope that the return to political and institutional normality promised by the ruling junta will result in full restoration of media activity.” (Source: RWB).