Nollywood actress and television show chef, Mercy Johnson Okojie is set to release her first produced movie titled ‘The Legend of Inikpi’. The movie that is set from the visuals of the ancient cultures of the Igala and Bini kingdoms features a stellar cast of Nollywood heavyweights including Mercy Johnson Okojie, Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saidi Balogun, Paul Obazele and others. Mercy Johnson Okojie, who is presently the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Entertainment, Arts and Culture to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, is partly fulfilling the duties by presenting her indigenous culture in her first movie. Okojie recently released the trailer of the movie which she says will hit cinemas in Nigeria and Ghana on January 24, 2020. Beloved of her father King Attah Ayegba, Mercy Johnson’s ‘The Legend of Inikpi’ is the true story of revered Igala princess ‘Inikpi Oma Ufedo Baba’ who chooses to give her life for the freedom of her homeland.
The latest movie producer explained: “I believe I have 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.” 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 screenings already, 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.