Obi Emelonye’s medico-spiritual TV series “Heart & Soul” finally premieres on Africa Magic Showcase Channel 150 and we cannot wait to follow the story of the first Nigerian “Grey’s Anatomy” type TV show to hit our screen.
The plot revolves around the character, Dr Sydney, who has just returned from New York to join the medical team at a rather high tech but inundated Lagos State University Hospital in Ikeja. He also discovers that for a people whose beliefs are steeped in pervasive spiritualism, there’s more to every sickness and indeed every cure than can be diagnosed or explained through medical science.
The odd stories and ailments from his many patients drain him physically and challenge his faith in God and medicine. However, he has to find new friends in this hostile Lagos environment and maybe, he can also find time from playing God to love again.
What is interesting to note is that the TV series which runs from 5.30pm every weekday features the hard work of 100 young Nigerians through the The Obi Emelonye Foundation’s “50-50 Legacy” project.
Explaining the idea behind this venture, Obi Emelonye said to The Punch: “When my twin brother and I, turned 50, we thought of how we could give back to the society in our various fields. This is the result. I am doing mine through television. I am interested in giving the opportunity to young Nigerians to realise their dreams in the audio-visual industry. We started at Nsukka with Crazy, Lovely, Cool. At the Lagos end, we have done this TV series, ‘Heart and Soul’, which has given about 100 young Nigerians the opportunity to participate in the industry. It is usually difficult for the young ones to get that very first opportunity. That is what we intend to bridge with this project.”
Catch “Heart & Soul” on Africa Magic Showcase every weekday by 5.50pm.