Nollywood actress and Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi State governor (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture, Mercy Johnson-Okojie is organising a talent hunt for Kogi State youths.
The GYB Talent Hunt is aimed at discovering talented actors and actresses across Kogi State and it would help launch their careers in mainstream Nollywood.
Speaking on why she embarked on a talent hunt, Mercy Johnson-Okojie said:
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.
The search will begin on August 17, 2017 at the Civic Center in Okehi and continue on August 18 at the Idah Local Government hall, Idah.
On August 19, it would be done at the Theatre Arts Hall, Kogi State University, Ayingba. The last day of the search which is on the 21st of August is at Riverton hotel.
Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola and director, Frank Rajah would join Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel.
The winner will receive N250,000 and a lead role in the upcoming folklore movie Inikpi. The first runner-up will take home N150,000 and a key feature in Inikpi, while the second runner-up will receive N100,000 and a feature in Inikpi.
Inikpi is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala princess, ‘Inikpi’, who gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.