‘The Legend of Inikpi’, a movie by Mercy Johnson, Nigerian actress and film producer, premiered on Sunday — attracting a deluge of prominent Nollywood stakeholders.
The event held at the IMAX Filmhouse Cinema in Lekki, Lagos, with the movie’s showing following shortly after a red carpet session had united both film lovers and celebrities alike.
Themed ‘Epic in Gold’, it had in attendance the likes of AY Makun, Mabel, Debola Williams, Lilian Esoro, Ufuoma Mc Dermott, Paul Obazele, and Nancy Ameh.
Reality TV stars like Cee-C, Diane Russet, Sir Dee, Ike Onyema and Thelma were present as Denrele Edun, Deyemi Okanlawon, Motunde David, Orezi also hit the scene.
While delivering her speech, Mercy Johnson conveyed her gratitude to her partners who contributed to the movie’s success — including Edward Onoja , deputy governor of Kogi state.
“I’m so thankful to my partners that this came out well — from my cast and crew to my family and the Kogi state goverment. Special thanks to the present deputy governor of Kogi state, Edward Onoja,” she said.
“He pushed, he encouraged. It wasn’t compulsory but he felt it was a very inspirational story that should teach us that we shouldn’t expect much from our country. Another special thanks to my everything, my husband, my friend, my supporter and my biggest fan.”
‘The Legend of Inikpi’ is based on the true story of a revered Igala princess named ‘Inikpi’.
She had made the selfless choice to give her life for the freedom of her homeland as war with the Benin kingdom loomed.
Directed by Frank Arase, it features Nollywood heavyweights like Odunlade Adekola, Paul Obazele, Saidi Balogun, Sam Dede, Mercy Johnson herself, among others.
The historical thriller is billed to hit cinemas as from January 24, 2020.
Below are pictures from the premiere: