All roads led to Filmhouse IMAX in Lekki on the 19th of January, Lagos for the premiere of Mercy Johnson Okojie’s epic historical drama ‘The Legend of Inikpi’. Themed #EpicInGold, the premiere attracted captains of industry, celebrities, friends and well-wishers in attendance. Hosted by Yvonne Jegede, the highly awaited film was screened amidst emotions and a standing ovation after the final credits ran.
“I am overwhelmed by the feedback from the premiere, seeing all the laughter, the tears and the applause is the validation we need for our labour of love,” producer and star Mercy Johnson Okojie explained during her emotional speech. “We cannot wait for everyone else to get an opportunity to see our film, we are telling Nigerian stories and making history,” she added emphatically.
Themed Epic in gold, in attendance were comedian AY Makun and wife, Mabel, Debola Williams, Lilian Esoro, Ufuoma Mc Dermott, Paul Obazele, Nancy Ameh, Big brother stars Cynthia Nwadiora (Ceec), Diane Yashim (Diane Russet), Sir Dee, Ike Onyema, Thelma, Denrele Edun, Deyemi Okanlawon, Motunde David (Lolo), music star Orezi and many others.
Set in the ancient Kingdoms of Igala and Bini, The Legend of Inikpi tells the true story of two great kingdoms on the brink of war. When the Oracle informs King Attah of Igala Kingdom of the human sacrifice demanded by the gods, the king plunges into despair, haunted by the ghosts of his past; this is a sacrifice he is not prepared to give.
With critical buzz surrounding the premiere, the epic flick stars Mercy Johnson Okojie as Queen Omele, Sam Dede as Attah Ayegba (king of Igala kingdom), Paul Obazele as Oba Esigie of the Bini Kingdom while Odunlade Adekola co-stars as Prince Attah Ayegba, Saidi Balogun as the Oracle of Igala kingdom with newcomer Nancy Ameh as the titular Princess Inikpi. ‘The Legend of Inikpi’ was directed by Frank Rajah.
The Legend of Inikpi hits the cinemas across Nigeria and Ghana on the 24th of January 2020.
The film is distributed by Silverbird Film Distribution. Media partners include Pulse, Bella Naija, Legit, Ynaija, Naijaloaded, YabaleftOnline, TVC, Goldmyne TV, The Beat 99.9FM, Ameyaw Debrah, African Movie Channel and Sodas and popcorn.