As the year gets underway and the 24th of January cinema release of her first produced full length feature, The Legend of Inikpi looms on the horizon, Mercy Johnson Okojie releases the trailer for the movie. The film features a stellar cast of Nollywood heavyweights including Mercy Johnson Okojie, Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saidi Balogun, Paul Obazele and others. The film was directed by Frank Rajah.
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. The Igala Princess ‘Inikpi Oma Ufedo Baba’ who chooses to give her life as a price to pay for the freedom of her homeland.
The movie fills the need and desire for a stronger sense of documentation of Nigerian stories in Nigerian cinema. Johnson- Okojie said “I believe I’ve been called to tell Nigerian stories. From the feedback we have so far, people are ready to know more about our culture and our past. It’s an honour to be the vessel to tell these stories.”
The Legend of Inikpi premieres on January 19, 2020 and hits the cinemas across Nigeria and Ghana on the 24th of January 2020.
The film is distributed by Silverbird Film Distribution.