Prince of Benin Kingdom, Eheneden Erediauwa, has said he supports Lancelot Imasuen’s latest movie, Invasion 1897, because it tells the story of the Benin Kingdom.
“I will throw my weight behind that kind of film because it is telling the story of the Benin Kingdom from the perspective that the international community ought to know about,” he said.
Before now, Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo Erediauwa 1, had even endorsed the film and honoured Imasuen with the 2013 Oba Erediauwa Excellence Award.
Meanwhile, Prince Erediauwa has concluded plans to visit the area where Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi was taken to, and later, died while on exile in Calabar.
With his pet project, Benin Royal Dynasty Trust, Erediauwa is visiting the city to meet with the traditional ruler of the area as well as to implore the community’s dance troupe to accompany him to the United States, where he has been invited to be the guest speaker at this year’s edition of the annual Arts and Culture Expo/Award, holding in Atlanta. The dance troupe, according to him, will be expected to mount a cultural display at the two day event that will reflect the culture of the area that played host to Oba Ovonramwen while he was on exile in Calabar.
Saturday Beats gathered that Invasion 1897 will premiere at the event, which will also showcase the cultural heritage of the Benin Kingdom.
Some of the stars in “Invasion 1897” include British actors, Rudolph Walker and Charles “Chucky” Venn and top Nollywood actors, Charles Inojie, Paul Obazele, Segun Arinze, Mike Omoriegbe who played Oba Ovonramwen and the late Justus Esiri in a cameo role.
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