invasion 1897

Watch the fall of the Benin Kingdom

The 2015 AMVCA nominated film Invasion 1897 is now showing on BoxOffice. Helmed by award winning Nollywood director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Invasion 1897chronicles the events leading to the fall of Oba Ovonramwen of the ancient Benin kingdom. Here are seven reasons to go on that epic invasion of 1897.

  1. Invasion 1897 is a blast from the past. Nothing like good history lesson in form of entertainment.
  2. It received several Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) nominations at this year’s edition, so you can expect a top-notch production from Nollywood by one of Nollywood’s best.
  3. What is an epic without a good story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat? For starters, Oba Ovarhehem Nogbaisi of the Benin Empire was the last man (ruler) standing in colonial Nigeria and he wasn’t going to go down without a fight.
  4. The ancient Benin empire was known for its rich cultural heritage. From the set design (mud houses) to the costumes (coral beads), Imasuen’s team did a good job of recreating the past.
  5. Boasting of a 1,000 man cast (something not common in Nollywood), Imasuen does a good job in his directorial role. Worthy of note are performances by veteran Nollywood actors Paul Obazele and Segun Arinze.
  6. The dialogue is rich with proverbs and takes the Victorian era English into consideration.
  7. Nothing like a good soundtrack to add the icing to the cake. The music is evocative of traditional Bini music that further adds to the ambience of the production.

Be sure to rent Invasion 1897 on BoxOffice. And see more on BoxOffice here.

By Isabella Akinseye