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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Kogi Govt Hails Mercy Johnson Over Inikpi Movie, Pledges Support

The Chief of Staff to Kogi state government, Edward Onoja has commended the Senior Special Assistant to the state Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie for her strides in driving the entertainment industry in the state to a global recognition.
Onoja gave the commendation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Inikpi movie  location in the outskirt of Lokoja where the Actress is playing host to other top  Nollywood actors, and upcoming stars she had discovered during her talent hunt in the state.
Mercy Johnson resumed location about 8 days ago alongside Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saheed Balogun, Paul Obazele and others, to tell the story of Inikpi, the legendary Igala princess warrior, in a movie directed by Frank Rajah Arase.
The Chief of Staff described the movie as a veritable platform to put the talents discovered into practical and positive use.
“You don’t just discover talents for the sake of discovering talents, you need to put them into some practical use to see if the choices you made can really bring out something for the global audience.
“Very clearly, I’ve seen that it was not just all talk, but actions have also matched the talk,” he said.
While eulogising the actress for stepping into the assignment, and driving it, Onoja stated that Inikpi is just one of many other things that would come out in Kogi’s entertainment industry, in collaboration with other people from outside the state.
According to him, in the face of division threats embattling the nation, the confluence state will through the industry, champion Nigeria’s unity.
He encouraged the cast to put in their bests, pledging the support of government to the project.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Veteran Actor, Sam Dede thanked the Chief of Staff for finding time to visit the location, and giving their colleague his full supports.
The time of oil is gone, now people are thinking about how to also enjoy and put money into their pockets. We enjoy what we do here and at the same time, we serve a purpose.
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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 SDGs Boss Drums Support for Mercy Johnson

The Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Arc Ahmed Abdulmumeen Okara on Tuesday pledged to support the development strides of  the ‘Gov Yahaya Bello Talent Hunt Team’ led by the Senior Special Assistant on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie.
The team was on a courtesy visit to the SDGs boss in office after successfully pulling-off a talent hunt for actors and actresses across five key districts of the state.
The veteran actress in her address, intimated Okara on her strides in projecting Kogi State to the world through the entertainment industry.
She also revealed that the team would shoot “Inikpi,” the first ever a Kogi state government movie project, adding that the talent hunt was a step towards ensuring that the casts are all from the state.
“We do not want a situation where we would have to shop for people from outside, therefore, we are going to shoot our own movie, by our own people, and for Kogi state,” she stated.
Arc Okara elated who was elated to meet veterans in the movie industry such as Francis Duru, John Okafor and Frank Rajah, pledged to be at the beck and call of the actress.
“Wherever this entertainment movement wants to go, count on SDGs for your support. We did not bring you to fail, which is why we will support you to succeed,” he said.
Earlier speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Francis Duru expressed appreciation to the state for the support given to Mercy Johnson, and the warm reception accorded them while acting as judges in the talent hunt.
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Mercy Johnson Is A Rare Gem To Kogi People, Says Monarch

The Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has been described as a rare gem to the people of the state.
The Obadofin of Owe Land and the paramount ruler of the Okun people, HRH Oba Michael Yusuf made the remark when he received the Veteran Actress and her team in Kabba.
The team was in the palace of the Oba to seek his blessings to continue the talent hunt for actors and actresses across the state, a project powered by the actress.
The monarch eulogised the human development project that the Mercy Johnson-led team has embarked on, describing it as a work of prosperity.
“You are doing a work of prosperity by taking the youths out of the streets. This is a chance to right the wrongs. You will never regret coming to Kabba.
“I know you are going to discover talents, and I assure you that you are in safe hands. Your people can also come here to shoot films because we have so many hills here, like Obangogo. We do not play with women, and we have regards for you.
While speaking, the actress thanked the monarch for his blessings, promising not to let the state down.
She also urged the people to cooperate with the Governor of the state, Alh Yahaya Bello in delivering the dividends of democracy.
In the team were top Nollywood actors, Francis Duru, John Okafor and ace comedian, Klint D Drunk.
The “GYBTalentHunt” began on Thursday 17th August, 2017 and has been held across the major districts of the state.
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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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Eid-El-Fitr: Mercy Johnson Felicitates With Muslims, Sues for Unity Amongst Nigerians

Veteran Actress and Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace and unity.
The Actress made the call while felicitating with Muslims in Nigeria on the celebration of the 2017 Eid-el Fitri.
According to her, sustaining peace and tranquility in Nigeria is a collective effort of Nigerians irrespective of the tribe, religion and region.
“As exemplified in the life of Prophet Muhammad (PHUH), peaceful co-existence is a watchword in Islam. Therefore, I urge Nigerians to continue to preach peace and unity,” she said.
She reiterated her commitment to revitalizing the Entertainment, Arts and Cultural sectors of Kogi State, describing the sectors as essentials to drive-home the message of unity.
“Collectively, we are working assiduously to ensuring that the ripple-effects which are progress and development are felt in no distant time,” she assured.
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