The infiltration of foreign content on the terrestrial media is gradually collapsing the values, norms and identity in which Africans are know for, the younger generation imitate and feed daily on values which are totally impracticable in their immediate society, there by posing as a nuisance. Where is our indigenous content?
Collins Talker, was on the set of one of the longest running television series on Nigerian Television to unravel its succeeding secret.
HEAVENS GATE is a collaboration of the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Incubator, Optimum media group and Zik Zulu Productions is directed by Osita Okoli.
According to the director,” this phase is basically the winding down of a lot of the story lines created and told over the past eight years. The script describes it as ”Denoumor” the final chapter, but in our usual style there are surprises and twist here and there it ends with this but ends very well”.
The soap stars the likes of Alex Osifo as chief Chukwuemeka Dan- Philips, Franca Brown as Rebecca Dan Philps, Fred Amata as his son Kelechi Dan Philips, a character which has gone through a lot of changes, from a play boy to becoming born again, had his father trying to kill him, became lame, and even blind but, now back from it all, its pay back time…. According to the light skin actor Fred Amata, ”there are some scenes you will just love when we re engineer the very word of God from the bible, I remember there is a particular scene I liked were they say every knee shall bow, the way it was played out I think people will love to see it”.
Monalisa Chinda as Adora, fiancé to Kelechi Dan Philips, Segun Arinze as chief Gbadamosi the major antagonist, a very mischievous character, the leader of the occult group, called ”Brotherhood”they believe in the ”POT” and so he is a very cantankerous arrogant character that feels that he knows everything but unfortunately was beaten to it, every move he makes boomerangs him, he just keeps trudging but let’s see how the character walks out eventually, will he die or will he give his life? There are so many questions to be asked.
Zik Zulu Okafor, President Association of Movie Producers AMP as pastor John, who said that the soap tells a story that celebrates God in a very subtle way.
Okon Micheal as Chike, a character that grew up not knowing his biological parents more like a lost son but the intrigue of not knowing and the incidents that brought about the circumstance is what we are about to find out.
The crew include, Emeka Duru as the Production Manager, the Director of Photography Austin Nwoli ,On this set he is working with the Panasonic P2 camera with lenses to get a very good picture. Temisan Esede as a makeup artiste, On sound is Semiu Adewuyi, Jacob David on lights and Chris Ezirim on continuity. All in all, about 195 scenes went down in 19 days and over 45 cast and 14 crew personals wrapped up this phase of HEAVENS GATE the final chapter.