Inkblot set to release new thriller, The Blood Covenant
Tackling the evils of money rituals, Inkblot Productions, in collaboration with FilmOne Entertainment, is set to release a new thriller, The Blood Covenant, which also tackles societal tropes such as greed, peer pressure and corruption.
Directed by Fiyin Gambo, from a script written by Chiemaka Osagwu, alongside Inkblot co-founder, Chinaza Onuzo, the film follows the lives of Eddy, Jite and Tunde – three ambitious young men in their late 20s, struggling to make it in life.
The thriller will debut in cinemas from April 15, 2022. Speaking at the premiere in Lagos, yesterday, Gambo said the film is a call to action against money rituals.
He said: “Leave all the banters of having to kill somebody to get money. Anytime you have to take someone’s life or bring tears to someone’s family to achieve success – that is not true success! That’s what the film is about. It was definitely challenging to make. Obviously, long nights…But working with the best crew, FilmOne and Inkblot Production made it a lot easier.”
He further called on religious leaders, parents and guardians to step up their game in educating youths on the consequences of rituals.
Rotimi Salami, a Nollywood actor, said, the issue of money rituals should be addressed the same way or more often than domestic violence.
He said: “If I see a thousand movies preaching against blood covenants, rituals, so be it. The Internet has caused a bit of damage. Let me put it that way. As much as it has informed us positively, it has also informed us negatively. And the only way to correct this is by making films that actually illustrate the negativity that comes with money rituals.”
One of the lead characters, Uzor Arukwe, explained: “People are trying to get rich, people who are making money still want to make more money, and make it fast, because the economy itself is just somehow.
“I feel that’s the bane of it and I feel like they don’t like the process anymore. They don’t like to work hard anymore. For a lot of young people, this shortcut is working.
“Money rituals never really end well. So, we want people to appreciate the process of life. Work hard. No shortcuts. If you want to take a short cut, you’re going to cut yourself short.”
He further urged Nigerian youth to work hard and earn their pay because money rituals doesn’t end well
A female lead character in the film, Omowunmi Dada playing the role of Kenny, a genius and big supporter of the people she loves, with a very good head on her shoulder said the film is about educating and changing the narratives of money rituals
“it’s such a fantastic thing that the movie is coming at such a time as this, a time where the young generation seems to have forgotten the adverse effect of going into blood rituals looking for fast money and yahoo yahoo,” she said.
Greg ‘Teddy Bear’ Ojefua, a Nollywood actor and a cast in the movie playing the role of Rufus the bad guy said the movie explains a very controversial part of the Nigerian narratives
“Nollywood rather than encouraging actually discourages money rituals except I see a movie. I’ve not seen any nollywood movie that the ritualists at the end of the day goes scot free or leave happily ever after like you say. Every nollywood movie I’ve watched that has any element of crime in it always shows at the end of it that it doesn’t pay,it is not the way and the natural route, the slow and steady part is what will win. So it is a fallacy to say Nollywood encourages money rituals.” He noted
‘The Blood Covenant’ stars Tobi Bakre, Shawn Faqua, Uzor Arukwe, Erica Nlewedim, Alexx Ekubo, Omowunmi Dada, Shalewa Ashafa, Chimezie Imo, and others.