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Mercy Johnson-Okojie says she was scared to make new film ‘The Legend Of Inikpi’

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By Chidex Onyemah

Veteran Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, has disclosed that, making her new film, ‘The Legend Of Inikpi’, scared her because of how different it is.

She said this at the premiere of the film which took place at the Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX, Lekki on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

The premiere was attended by the actress’ friends, fellow celebrities and family members.

The red carpet, which kicked off around 6 pm, saw some of Nollywood’s favourites come out to celebrate one of their own. Mercy Johnson showed up at the red carpet with a gold-laced dress and her cute belly bump.

On hand to support the actress was her husband, Prince Odi Okojie, and their kids.

The roll call of celebrities who turned up for the premiere include Yvonne JegedePaul ObazeleDeyemi OkanlawonAY MakunDenreleThelma of BBNaija fame, popular OAP, Lolo, and Nancy Ameh, who plays Inikpi in the film.

Speaking after the screening of the film, Johnson-Okojie said she was inspired to do something different from what is common in Nollywood these days.

She said, “Making this movie, when I chose an epic story, I was extremely scared because usually with us here, we like it flashy and we like comedy.

“My manager said, ‘You should have done a comedy, everybody thinks you’re funny.’

“And I said, ‘No. I want to tell our stories. I want to do something different.’

“And I’m so grateful that this came out well.”

She went on to give special thanks to the deputy governor of Kogi State, Edward Onoja, for his immense support towards the actualisation of the film.

Obazele, who starred in the film, called on Nigerian filmmakers to tell Nigerian stories so that those stories are not distorted by foreign storytellers.

“It is exciting to do your own film – for us, by us. There’s nobody that can tell your story better than you.

“It is only us that can tell the world how beautiful we are and how wonderful our culture is.

“So, I beg us, let us support what we do for us, by us,” he said.

The head of business unit for independent films at Silverbird Film Distribution, Deyemi Okanlawon, commended Johnson-Okojie for telling an authentic Nigerian story with The Legend of Inikpi.

“When we saw this movie, we just knew we had to back it. It’s not every time you find filmmakers who take a chance to actually tell our stories.

“We have a story that’s authentic to us,” he said.

Mercy Johnson-Okojie’s new film is a historical drama inspired by true events that happened in the history of Igala and Benin kingdoms.


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