Kogi To The World: Mercy Johnson Set To Premiere ‘Inikpi,’ Releases Teaser

The Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has reiterated her readiness to project the heritages and culture of the Kogi people, as her first movie project in the state, “Inikpi,” is set to hit the cinema.
The Veteran Actress who disclosed this on Tuesday in a press statement signed by her media aide, Alex Adeiza stated that the movie is a blockbuster, and would be placing Kogi in the eye of the cinema.
“We are glad to inform our people that that one of the stories in the Kogi Diary is set to hit the cinema as we are putting everything in place towards a successful premiere.
“We are dropping the first teaser of the movie right away, as we also count on your supports and objective criticisms,” she said.
According to the Actress, the date of the first premiere in the state will be communicated in a Press Conference scheduled for April, 2018.
“Inikpi is an epic tale of the legendary Igala princess warrior, and it’s coming as the third exceptional project embarked upon by the Kogi State Government through the office of the SSA on Entertainments, Arts and Culture since her inauguration on April 1st, 2017.
“This teaser is just the tip of an iceberg compared to what will be unraveled at the premiere, and the world is about to get a firm grip of our story in a way it has never been told.
While promising her midas touch on the major cultures in the state, the Actress assured of her commitment to the development of the entetainments, arts and cultural sectors.
“From the first ever Kogi Summit on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, to the  GYBTalentHunt where we sourced the bulk of our talents for the movie, we are taking the Kogi Diary project one step at a time,” she assured.
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Mercy Johnson, Saheed Balogun, Others Resume Location For Inikpi

Having successfully scaled through the hurdles of identifying acting potentials in Kogi State, the Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has resumed location for the shooting of “Inikpi,” a tale of the legendary Igala princess warrior.
Speaking with newsmen before the commencement of shooting on Thursday 26th October 2017, media aide to the veteran actress, Isyak Alex-Adeiza stated that the movie was one of the two objectives the actress intended to actualize with her “GYBTalentHunt” programme which she successfully concluded about two months ago.
“Apart from top veteran actors like Saheed Balogun, Sam Dede and others, the bulk of the talents casted for this epic movie are people who proved themselves beyond every reasonable doubt during the talent hunt. This is a case of hurling one stone to kill two birds.
“While we were hunting for the best talents with prizes attached, we also took note of the other assets for this movie project, and they are here today starring as actors and actresses in a Kogi folklore going to the world,” he said.
Revealing that the winners of the talent hunt would be announced during the movie premiere slated for next year, Alex was optimistic that the premiere will not only project the folklore to the international community, but also launch the upcoming talents selected to take roles.
“With the support of the state government to this project, we are also glad that the paramount ruler of the Igala Kingdom, HRH Michael Ameh Oboni II has given us a nod to take one of the legendary stories in the state to the world.
“Last week, the movie team led by Ace Producer, Frank Rajah, embarked on a tour of related historical locations in Idah, where the Attah Igala delegated one his own as a guide to the Inachalo river, Inikpi’s statue, Omadoko statue and other sites,” he added.
Also speaking, the award winning screenwriter, Amoto Okomanyi shared his experience while plotting the movie, describing it as an incredible adventure any writer would want to explore.
He said: “There are several phenomena in the past that bares upon human sacrifices, but the inikpi event is an exceptional one that tells not just an unconditional love for her father and the people, but also courage and willingness to die in order to save her people.
“The inikpi story is an incredible one that any writer would want to explore because it is rich,  comprehensive and could be told from various angles. Through the process of research, I was abashed with shock about my findings. I discovered from a new perspective, the intricate luxury of the African cultural heritage, absolute reverence for authority, high moral values and their Belief systems.
“More importantly l learned that the Igalas as well as their Bini counterparts were well organized and long civilized even before Egypt and Europe. It is a pleasure therefore and a great opportunity to be a part of this project.”
However, he noted that the pertinent idea is to unite not only the Kogi people, but also the various groups in the country.
Amoto Okomanyi wrote 76, the biggest winner at the 2017 AMVCA award.
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Kogi Movie Audition: Mercy Johnson Launches Talent Hunt For ‘Inikpi’

Poised to deliver on the “New Direction” mandate of placing Kogi State on the radar of development through the entertainment industry, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has commenced the “GYB Talent Hunt” for young actors and actresses to be featured in “Inikpi,” a folklore movie project from her office.
In a press statement signed by the veteran actress, the talent hunt scheduled to commence on 17th August, 2017 across five notable districts of the state, will help to launch the acting career of the youths in mainstream Nollywood.
It would be recalled that the Actress had hinted on the 26th April, 2017 during the first ever Kogi Summit on Entertainments, Arts and Culture that she would be shooting a movie based on one of the prominent stories of legends in the state.
She also revealed that she would shop for talents from the various tribes in the state as a panacea to unite the people.
“This is my way of giving back to the state that made me who I am. I have been incredibly blessed to have played my little part in the revolution, that is Nollywood, and it is now time that my brothers and sisters in Kogi state get the same opportunity,” she added.
The search for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars is billed to commence on August 17th at the Civic Center in Okehi; August 18th in Kabba.
The team will also be in Ayingba on the 19th at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University; and Idah on the 20th, at the Idah Local Government hall. The search ends in Lokoja on August 20th, at Reverton.
Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts such as Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and Movie Director Frank Rajah.
The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming movie, while the first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in the movie. The second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in Inikpi.
‘Inikpi’ is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala Princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.
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