The first full-fledged Igala movie, ‘Awomi,’ is set to be premiered in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT; and Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Saturday, April 1, 2023.
The executive producer of the film, Okpanachi Joseph Adejoh, a senior Customs Officer and National President of Bishop Delisle College Old Students Association BIDOSA 95, disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to tbe press.
Adejoh said in the statement, “In Abuja, the movie will be shown at Silverbird Cinema, close to the Yar’Adua Centre at 1.30pm. In Lokoja, it will be shown at Bluebell Cinemas, Bluebell Hotel, 500 Housing Units, Lokoja also by 1.30pm.
“Tickets for VVIP is N20,000; VIP is N10,000 and Regular is N3500. For ticket and enquiries, calls can be put across to David – 07018414349, Eve – 08062454694 and Becky – 08142291266.”
Adejoh, an astute writer and author of Inikpi, Ayegba’s Beloved Daughter and Ata Ameh Oboni, End of Discussion, said that ‘Awomi’ is the highest indigenous movie export from the North Central geo-political zone of the country and a must-watch Igala movie for everyone.
He further revealed that the film, which shooting spanned over one month by high-profile producer of indigenous movie, Thomson Makolo, in three cities of Abuja, Lokoja and Idah, was commissioned with a royal blessing by His Royal Majesty, Mathew Opaluwa Oguche-Akpa II, the Ata’Gala and Chairman, Kogi State Council of Chiefs.
He said, “The limited distribution is the producer’s efforts to numerous and unending calls to well-meaning movie viewers who can’t wait anymore to watch the movie, based on testimonies from viewers at the royal premiere, campus premiere and online release at pre-production and production stages.”
The royal premiere of ‘Awomi’ was held at the Ata’s palace in December last year. Prior to the premiere, Makolo, the renowned filmmaker was quoted by OurWorldGist as explaining that ‘Awomi’ is “a tale of two brothers, by who the sanctity of filial affinity of brotherhood was shattered by the proverbial step mother’s syndrome: as encapsulated in most African folktales.
He added, “The nagging quest for self-preservation drives a mother to the brim in a spell binding plot and twist of fate. The tragic consequence of a step mother’s exchange of the destiny of her son with that of her step son becomes the turning point in this great story called ‘Awomi.’
“’Awomi’ is a cultural product, an economic resource, which embodies an artistic content for the international market space.”
The movie was recently adjudged ‘Kogi Movie Of The Year 2022’ by the organisers of the Kogi Social Media Awards.