By Oluwatobi Opusunju
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Entertainment, Arts and Culture for Kogi State, Mercy Johnson- Okojie is organising a talent hunt for youths in the state in line with the ‘New Direction Agenda’ of the state Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Dubbed ‘GYB Talent Hunt’, it is aimed at discovering talented actors and actresses across the teeming youths in Kogi State as well as boost their acting careers into the mainstream Nollywood.
While speaking on why she embarked on a talent hunt, Mercy who is also an actress said it’s the way she feels she can give back to the state that made her who she is today.
“This is my way of giving back to the state that made me who I am. I have been incredibly blessed to have played my little part in the revolution that is Nollywood, it is now time that my brothers and sisters in Kogi state get the same opportunity,” she said.
The search for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars is slated to start on August 17 at the Civic Center in Okehi and continue on August 18 at the Idah Local Government hall, Idah.
While on August 19, the team will be at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University, Ayingba and the search will wrap up in Lokoja on August 21, at Riverton hotel.
Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the project as judges are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts including, Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and movie director Frank Rajah.
The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming folklore movie ‘INIKPI’. Also, the first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in’ Inikpi’, while the second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in ‘Inikpi’.
‘Inikpi’ is an upcoming movie and a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.