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Genevieve Nnaji, is starring in the new movie adaptation of Chimamanda Adichies’s best selling novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”. Nnaji will be playing the role of Ms Adebayo, a professor who develops a flirtatious relationship with her colleague Mr Odenigbo. The award-winning actress who was named one of Forbes Most Powerful African Celebrities will star in the cast which also feature Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose and Thandie Newton.
The story is set during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967 – 1970 and centres around the a University Professor (Ejiofor) and his lover (Newton), her sister, a British ex-pat, and a young houseboy, exploring the impact the conflict has on their lives. The movie will be produced by Andrea Calderwood, the BAFTA winning producer of “The Last King Of Scotland” and Gail Egan, who already won Oscar for her “The Constant Gardener”. Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele is making his directorial debut with this project, which is expected to be released in 2013.
The New Movie called “Doctor Bello”starring Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke,Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Bern Cohen, is scheduled for release later this year, Doctor Bello is positioned to showcase Nollywood’s cross-marketability within the international spectrum as the first movie project financed in part by the recently established Nigerian Intervention Fund for the arts and entertainment industry administered by NEXIM Bank.The transcontinental movie is also the first beneficiary of the $200m intervention fund for Nollywood promised by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010. The Managing Director of Nexim Bank, administrators of the fund, Roberts Orya, says,
“I am delighted to announce the inauguration of the production of Dr. Bello. It is also symbolically the inauguration of NEXIM’s support for film production, with Black Ivory Ltd. being the first beneficiary client to avail a facility for film production under the bank’s creative arts and entertainment facility.”
Haitian-American actor, Jean-Louis, who plays the role of a Nigerian medical doctor in the movie said “Here I am again in Nigeria. This is the third movie I will be doing as a Nigerian and it is the second time I will be playing a medical doctor. I think I have been adopted somehow to my new country. I am very happy to be playing the role of Dr Bello. I am looking forward to mixing with Nollywood. People in America don’t understand how such a feat as the second largest movie producers in the world is achieved
The movie tells a story of a Brilliant cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant who is emotionally troubled and wrestling with the traumatic loss of his 10year old daughter from cancer. Immersing himself in his work from the hospital, away from his wife who blames him for their child’s death, he forms an unlikely bond with a sick, loving, but rambunctious seven year old boy Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the hospital’s cancer research fund.
Unfortunately, Sam’s health deteriorates drastically, and soon, he slips into a coma, with only a few days to live. Dr. Durant becomes desperate, willing to risk anything to save the child’s life. A surreptitious Nigerian Nurse convinces him to seek the help of Dr. Bello, an uncertifiedNigerian Doctor, known in Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker.