The Legend Of Inikpi


The Legend of Inikpi


The movie tells the story of princess ‘Inikpi’, whose life held the survival of the Igala people who were at the brink of war with the Bini people.

Production: Mojo Productions

Direction: Frank Rajah Arase

Starring: Odunlade Adekola, Sam Dede, Paul Obazele, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Saheed Balogun, Nancy Ameh

Release Date: January 19, 2020

Genre: Drama

Run time: 2hrs

Rating: 4/5


The Legend of Inikpi follows the dilemma the Atta (king of Igala) is faced with when he has to choose between his subjects and his most beloved daughter.

The movie opens in the present day with a young black student proposing the story of Inikpi for a project. When asked by her white professor why she could not pick a Western hero, the student launches into the legend of Inikpi.

Set in pre-colonial times, the story starts when the Igala kingdom and the Bini kingdom are on the verge of war due to a gross misunderstanding. On consulting the gods, the Oracle reveals that the Igala kingdom stands no chance and would lose the war.

This is unless the king pays a price he cannot afford to the gods, the life of his beloved daughter Inikpi. As the Bini army progresses, the king is torn apart by grief and his inability to make a decision.

We then see a flashback scene where a younger Attah’s sister died as a sacrifice to save Igala; thereby explaining his determination to protect Inikpi at all costs.

Ultimately, Inikpi decides to lay down her life to save everyone in her kingdom.

Sam Dede’s acting was also impeccable. He embodied the character of the Attah so perfectly. Dede could relate exactly what he was feeling without even speaking.

The chemistry of set was so good; it was easy to believe that Sam Dede, Mercy Johnson, and Nancy Ameh were truly a family.


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