The famous Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C will host a special premiere of Lancelot Imasuen’s Nigeria Centenary epic film “Invasion 1897” in September. This premiere follows the important VIP Premiere at the British Museum on August 16, 2014.
The historic epic based on the famous Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi (1888–1897), during the British Punitive Expedition in 1897, is the most ambitious film in Nigeria since the independence of the most populous country in Africa, and home of Nollywood, the biggest film industry in the continent, and rated the third most productive in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood.
“Invasion 1897” has been endorsed by the Benin monarch, Oba Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo Erediauwa 1, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Italy and of the Benin Royal Dynasty Trust, Sir. Chief (DR) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of the Benin Kingdom, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) and the Obong of Calabar, HRH Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V who recently welcomed the Crown Prince and his royal entourage of prominent Benin chiefs, Lancelot Imasuen and others to his palace in Calabar.
“Invasion 1897” will also premiere in Brasilia, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, in Toronto, Canada and in over 30 other countries, including a nationwide school tour of over 25 polytechnics and universities in Nigeria.
“Invasion 1897” features local and international actors, including famous British actors Garett Mort, Rudolph Walker, Charles “Chucky” Venn, Annika Álofti, Hannah Raehse-Felstead, Tim Robinson, Rob Spackman, Patrick Thompson and Keith Davinson and the top Nigerian actors include Segun Arinze, Charles Inojie, Nosa Ehimwen, Paul Obazele, Leo Mezie, Mike Omoriegbe as Oba Ovonrawmen, Idiata Otiagbe and the late Justus Esiri in a cameo role.
About The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C was founded on 1846, “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge”. It is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities and zoo—many of them historical or architectural landmarks. Additional facilities are located in Arizona, Maryland, New York City, Virginia, Panama and elsewhere, and 168 other museums are Smithsonian affiliates.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor Nigerians Report Online