Veteran nollywood Actress,Mercy Johnson Okojie,,says making her 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,19th of january, 2020.
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 bumped belly.
The roll call of celebrities who turned up for the premiere include Yvonne Jegede, Paul Obazele, Deyemi Okanlawon, AY Makun, Denrele, Thelma 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.
She stated, “Making this movie, when I chose an epic story, I was extremely scared because usually with us here, we like it flashy and comedy.
‘You should have done a comedy, everybody thinks you’re funny.’My manager sad“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 Edward Onoja the deputy governor of Kogi State, for supporting her immensely towards the actualisation of the movie.
Obazele, who starred in the film, called on Nigerian filmmakers to tell Nigerian stories so that those stories are not distorted by foreign storytellers.
He said”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.
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 stated.
Jegede, who also spoke after the screening, encouraged everyone present to invite their friends to watch the film when it starts showing in cinemas across the nation from Friday,24t of january 2020.