GYB Press Release


In line with the ‘New Direction Agenda’ of His Excellency.Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture, Mercy Johnson- Okojie is organising the ‘GYB Talent Hunt’ for youths in the state. The talent hunt, which is aimed at discovering talented actors and actresses across Kogi State will help launch their careers in mainstream Nollywood.

Speaking on why she embarked on a talent hunt, Mercy Johnson-Okojie explained; “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 for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars will commence on August 17 at the Civic Center in Okehi and continue on August 18 at the Idah Local Government hall, Idah. The team will be in Ayingba on August 19 at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University, Ayingba. The search ends in Lokoja on August 21, at Riverton hotel.

Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts including, Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and movie director Frank Rajah.

The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming folklore movie ‘INIKPI’. The first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in’ Inikpi’, while the second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in ‘Inikpi’.

The upcoming movie ‘Inikpi’is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.

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38 thoughts on “GYB Press Release

  1. One of the best news I’ve heard this year. At least our brothers and sisters will not waste their talents. Good job, Mercy. May the Lord guard your steps. I’m so excited.

  2. Goodday MA, my name is Agbai John Ndukwe. I’d like to join acting I’m from Abia state, Abiriba in ohfia local government area of Abia state.. .
    I leaves in Abuja am 20 years old, please MA how can I join? Hoping hearing your reply, God bless you.

  3. Gud day mama, I’m Vivian plz mama I’m not in kogi but wish to be an actress and i can act very well is my talent plz i need help who can bring me up. thank you

  4. MJ you are a true Role Model for every young people…I am not a Nigerian but you inspire me alot. Thank you for being you.

  5. Good evening Ma
    Mummy is it just for people from kogi state ? .. If not ma been trying to register pls help on assistance God bless ur health

  6. Good evening ma
    I really wish to be like u cause people normally called me ur sister cause God bless us with same structure, u are a role model I really like u ma.

  7. Aunty Mercy of life! Can’t wait to see you at Okehi. We go travel go back where we for start go show ourself. Lol. You inspire me. I carry you for head like my dreadlocks. Got a question tho, how does one ascertain that the registration has been confirmed, and is there supposed to be an evidence of registration required at d audition?

  8. thank u so much, mercy, for giving such great opportunity. I have great passion for acting. Acting is something I luv doing even without been paid. With tears in my eyes I say a big Thank you ,luv you plenty! my role model.

  9. Hello! I would first appreciate you and kogi state government for this great opportunity. My questions goes like this, is the talent hunt restricted to only kogi state indigenes or open to all indigenes of various state? And must one join the talent hunt from the day the first day? Because I have exam to write on the first day of the talent hunt. I reside in lokoja and am not familiar with the rest of venues for the hunt.Please i would love to hear from you, I need more details from you. Thank you.

  10. Please what do mean by add CV in the registration form? Does that mean we will scan our credentials and documents or do you mean our biography?

  11. Gud day all my name is Nkiruka am not from kogi state but I really want to be a partaker of this bcos I want to be an actress in the movie industry help me pls to achieved it thanks and God bless

  12. Good morning, my name is Bilqees am from kogi state,ave try all my possible best to archive my dream but always end up in a wrong hand by collecting money from me all in the name of audition, please Sis if only u can help me to archive my dream of becoming an actress I ave the passion

  13. Please ma, is the talent hunt exclusively for kogi State indigenes? Because I’m interested but not from kogi state

  14. Hello Ant really good to come across this,this has been my day to day dreams,am really glad this really an opportunity…the problem at hand now am not be n kogi but I really want to participate,I really want to exhibit what I have Ant MJ

  15. protocols dually observe ma! i already registered but not having the indigene form pls ma we the outsiders should be try who knows yr part 2 might be among us all that matters is nt tribalism but helping for the benfit of all cos God inserted y to be of h

  16. thank u mercy Johnson okojie and kogi state government for this great opportunity. I have this passion of acting and the opportunity is finally here.. I reside in Lagos pls when is the audition going to commence?

  17. Good day my name is chidinma uzoegbu ,iI really want to join dbut d problem is iam not from logo sate pls can I be a partake

  18. God bless you mercy Johnson okojie…… you remember to carry you people along,may God keep taking you to higher grounds.

  19. I wish I’m an Indigene of Kogi state so I can go for the audition because I have been praying for this type of opportunity. I guess it’s not my luck

  20. Hy momma angel…. Please I would really love to be part of this… But the problem is dat am not in kogi… Am actually in Imo…

    Is dia anyway I can be involved directly from Owerri here??

    Pls let me know…… ……

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