-Veteran Actress who doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Hon Mercy Johnson Okojie on Friday said the first movie in her “Kogi Diaries” project, The Lamb (Inikpi) will be on the screens of cinemas across Nigeria in July, 2018.
The Actress made the revelation at the first press conference for the movie held in the Surulere Cinema Hall of FilmHouse, Lagos.
She said the movie had been on a steady progression through the different stages of production, and will have to be private-screened by the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello; as well as the paramount rulers of Igala land, and Benin Kingdom.
Part of the movie rituals according to her, is a media tour in Kogi state.
“The Inikpi story is one of the strongest that we have in the Kogi Diaries, and it is from the Igala part of the state, talking about the princess who gave her life to bring about peace. From the beginning of the project, we already knew it would end up as a cinema product because we have worked so hard to ensure it is something everyone will see.
“Many people already know the story of Inikpi while growing up, but don’t know the nitty-gritty of it all. Yes, it has many branches, and cuts across several stages, but we chose to pick and film a crucial aspect, and let the world know about that aspect of the story,” she said.
On his part, Mr Paul Obazele who casted in the movie as the Oba of Benin rated Inikpi higher than most epic movies that ever came out of Nigeria, with reference to the class of resources deployed in the production process.
The movie did not only bring on board veterans like Sam Dede, Odunmola Adekola, Saheed Balogun, Paul Obazele, and Mercy Johnson herself, but also starred new breeds such as Naomie Ameh who was picked from Mercy Johnson’s talent hunt, and remarkably played the role of Princess Inikpi.