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Heroes and Zeroes is a 2012 Nigerian drama film written and directed by Niji Akanni; it stars Nadia Buari, Bimbo Manuel and Olu Jacobs.[2][3] It premiered on August 31, 2012 at Silverbird Galleria, Lagos.[4] It was nominated in 6 categories at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards, winning awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.[5]

Heroes and Zeros
Heroes and Zeroes poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNiji Akanni
Produced byKoga Studios
Written byNiji Akanni
Music byFemi Ogunronbi
CinematographyAlfred Chia
Edited byAbimbola Taiwo
Koga Studios
Release date
  • August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) (Lagos premiere)

The film tells a story about the relationship between a 45 yr old married film director, Amos (Bimbo Manuel) and a film actress, Tonia (Nadia Buari). Amos, who is having troubles in his marriage seeks to be an international soccer star in the nearest future. His wife, Tinuke (Tina Mba) works in a financial institution and is having difficulty coping with the death of her only child. Amos is opportuned to be a part of a major big budget film to revive his career. He eventually uses it re-establish himself in the film industry. He is greatly obsessed by Tonia and begins extra-marital affairs with her to the detriment of his wife.



The film begins with Amos Ayefele (Bimbo Manuel), a film director, who has lost motivation for his job. Amos is having issues in his marriage as a result of his financial troubles. He is seen directing his attention to unrealistic goals, like believing he can still be an international soccer player despite being in his 40s. After several refusals to accept the role to direct a Nigerian/French collaborative film project, Ayefele took the role, and began auditioning prospective aspiring and established actors. Tonia (Nadia Buari) gets the lead role in the film, after Ayefele developed a liking for her at first sight due to her perceived similarity with a lady he met in Kaduna several years ago. After the two decides to meet to discuss this, Tonia is angered at Ayefele persistence that he had met her in the past.

Ayoade Abba (Akin Lewis) is a conservative investigative journalist, who doesn't believe in the pragmatic approach of his colleagues in getting information. However, one of his reporters, Diba (Gabriel Afolayan) is a young photographer, who goes all the way to report juicy news for the tabloid firm. The sensitive style of reporting by Ayoade led the chief publisher, Chief Ikudabo (Olu Jacobs) to query him on the low returns on the daily sales.

Ayefele became increasingly obsessed with Tonia, who initially didn't reciprocate his feelings. However, in a bid to please her sent his wife away



It was premiered in Lagos on August 31, 2012.[4] The American premiere was held shortly afterwards.[6] The film was released in theaters nationwide on September 7, 2012.[4] In 2013, it premiered in the UK on March 15 at Odeon Cinema.[7]


Critical receptionEdit

It received a 62% rating from Nollywood Reinvented, who noted that despite being a properly done film, it might not be so pleasing to an average Nollywood film watcher, because of it being quite "intellectually-inclined".[8] The Nigeria Voice praised the casting and screenplay, describing the film as "one of the most anticipated in this era of Nollywood".[9] In 2014, it was listed as the 9th best African film by Answers Africa.[10] Owing to its attribution to real events, it was also listed as one of the seven best Nollywood films that are based on true events.[11]


List of Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Africa Film Academy
(9th Africa Movie Academy Awards)[4]
Best Editing Abimbola Taiwo Won
Best Screenplay Niji Akanni Won
Best Actor Bimbo Manuel Nominated
Best Director Niji Akanni Won
Best Nigerian Film Niji Akanni Nominated
Best Sound Mohammed Musulumi Nominated


  2. ^ "WHY WE INVESTED HEAVILY IN HEROES AND ZEROS- KOGA". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  3. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: Heroes and Zeros". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Nadia Buari, Olu Jacobs, Gabriel Afolayan & Bimbo Manuel Star in Heroes & Zeros – View Behind the Scenes Shots and Trailer". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Late Justus Esiri wins AMAA Best Actor Award". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Heroes and Zeroes set to be premiered in America". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Search Southbank Centre Green Vue Venue Nollywood steps up assault on UK film market with Heroes and Zeroes screening in Greenwich". Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  8. ^ "HEROES & ZEROES". September 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Olu Jacobs, Nadia Buari, Bimbo Manuel, Norbert Young are Heroes and Zeros". Nigeria Voice. May 2, 2012. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  10. ^ Chigozie, Emeka. "Top 10 Best African Films That will Blow Your mind". Answers Africa.
  11. ^ "Top 7 Nollywood Movies based on True life Stories".

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