Friday, January 24, 2014

Annika Álofti and other Top British Actors in "Invasion 1897"

Annika Álofti is a British actress and director, known for "Mist" (2012), "Art Ache and Two Very Long Days" (2014) and she is playing a significant role in "Invasion 1897", the historical epic film by Lancelot Imasuen to be premiered in over 30 countries after the World Premiere in April 2014 in Benin City of the great Benin Kingdom in Edo State, Nigeria.

Annika Álofti in traditional Benin Dress.

Yvonne Hays and Hannah Raehse-Felstead on the set of "Invasion 1897".

Award winning British actress Hannah Raehse-Felstead known for "Terror on Volcanic Island" (2009), "Fallen Angels" (2013) and "Eva's Diamond" (2013) is a judge in "Invasion 1897".

Yvonne Hays is a fast rising Nigerian born British actress and model and the winner of the 2013 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) Award for Best Actress. She is popular for her roles in "Heartless Carer", "Purity of Heart", "Day One in London", "Diaries", "The Rubicon", "Ilu-Oba (The Queen's Land)", "International Games", "3 London Girls", "Urban Rhythm", "Shameful Deceit" and "Battered".

British actors Patrick Thompson and Charles "Chucky" Venn as Igie Ehanire in a scene from "Invasion 1897".

"Invasion 1897" is the most anticipated film to celebrate the Nigeria Centenary in 2014 (modern day Nigeria came into being on January 1, 1914), and to mark the centenary of the death of the great King of Benin, Omo n’Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi in exile in Calabar on January 14, 1914, Lancelot Imasuen had a world press conference in his Lagos office and studios on January 14, 2014.

"Invasion 1897" (Nogbaisi Ovonramwen) is perhaps the most daring film project in the history of the Nigerian film industry, because no previous movie can be compared to it, both in scope and perspective of the historical context. The epic is based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 and looting the priceless ancient artifacts of the Benin kingdom, including the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. The commemorative head is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. The film has an international cast of proven actors such as famous Caribbean born British Actor Rudolph Walker, OBE, Charles "Chucky" Venn, Annika á Lofti,Hannah Raehse-Felstead, Nollywood stars Segun Arinze, Charles Inojie, Nosa Ehimwen, Paul Obazele, Mike Omoreigbe who played the lead role as "Oba Ovoramwen" and the late Justus Esiri.

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