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COMING SOON: Okoro, The Prince

Posted May 28, 2012 by Nollywood REinvented in Upcoming
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From the stables of Creative Unit Multimedia Studios comes a Charles Uwagbai Film starring Alex Usifo, Ufuoma Ejenobor and the late Sam Loco Efe amongst many others.

STORYLINE: It is the fifteenth century: 1400 A.D. By an inexplicable twist of fate, the destiny of a kingdom is altered. Oba Ozolua, during whose reign Benin kingdom regained her glory and expanded her frontiers, is caught up in the vortex of intrigues that intertwines the destinies of his first three sons. The eldest becomes crippled as a result of a play ground accident. This causes his claim to the exalted throne to be passed over. Enter Princes Arhuan and Osawe.Both were born on the same day. Actually, Arhuan was given birth to first. But, the chiefs did not announce his birth until many hours after the proclamation of the birth of Osawe by Oba Ozolua, their father.This, according to customs, makes Arhuan the younger and Osawe, the heir apparent.This slight creates enmity between the princes.Prince Osawe is crowned Oba of Benin, with the title of Oba Esigie, an adamant Prince Arhuan wants his stolen destiny restored.This set the stage for intrigues, sorcery and outright conflicts. Queen Idia marshals the Oba’s warriors. Arhuan joins battle against the Benin kingdom. In the ensuing conflicts, Prince Arhuan shows courage in the face of adversity.Queen Idia accomplishes her deepest burning desire. And, Oba Esigie goes on to become one of the greatest Obas of Benin Kingdom.

This is a story of destinies skewed by mysterious happenstances.This is a story of roaring, consuming ambitions.This is a story of audacious bravery.

MY TWO CENTS: In all honesty, I’m not really excited about this movie. I mean I wouldn’t be the first person to go to the cinema to watch this movie. I’d probably chill till it came out on DVD (but that’s just me). But then again I really like Ufuoma Ejenobor and another reason I’d watch it is in honor of the late Sam Loco. Not to mention the scene in the trailer where they banged a baby’s head in (yup… I want to see that). Fingers crossed. Hope it’s a great movie.

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