The Chief of Staff to Kogi state government, Edward Onoja has commended the Senior Special Assistant to the state Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie for her strides in driving the entertainment industry in the state to a global recognition.
Onoja gave the commendation when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Inikpi movie location in the outskirt of Lokoja where the Actress is playing host to other top Nollywood actors, and upcoming stars she had discovered during her talent hunt in the state.
Mercy Johnson resumed location about 8 days ago alongside Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saheed Balogun, Paul Obazele and others, to tell the story of Inikpi, the legendary Igala princess warrior, in a movie directed by Frank Rajah Arase.
The Chief of Staff described the movie as a veritable platform to put the talents discovered into practical and positive use.
“You don’t just discover talents for the sake of discovering talents, you need to put them into some practical use to see if the choices you made can really bring out something for the global audience.
“Very clearly, I’ve seen that it was not just all talk, but actions have also matched the talk,” he said.
While eulogising the actress for stepping into the assignment, and driving it, Onoja stated that Inikpi is just one of many other things that would come out in Kogi’s entertainment industry, in collaboration with other people from outside the state.
According to him, in the face of division threats embattling the nation, the confluence state will through the industry, champion Nigeria’s unity.
He encouraged the cast to put in their bests, pledging the support of government to the project.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Veteran Actor, Sam Dede thanked the Chief of Staff for finding time to visit the location, and giving their colleague his full supports.
“The time of oil is gone, now people are thinking about how to also enjoy and put money into their pockets. We enjoy what we do here and at the same time, we serve a purpose,” he added.