IJE divas Omotola, Genevieve & Chineze rule the red carpet as “IJE – The Journey” Premieres in Lagos

It was a great day for Nigerian cinema on the 31st of July 2010 as the movie IJE which stars Nollywood heavyweights Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji celebrated its red carpet premiere in Lagos. It was less than 24 hours after the movie – IJE opened in Nigerian cinemas to rave reviews and a sold out box office.

Produced and directed by Nigerian international filmmaker, Chineze Anyaene, founder of Xandria Productions, the movie stars Omotola and Genevieve as well as Nollywood star Clem Ohameze alongside international actors such as Odalys Garcia, Jeff Swarthout and Ulrich Que, will also be premiered in the UK, United States and other European countries between now and next year. Immediately after the Lagos premiere, Ije:The Journey, will make its round in local cinemas across the country.

Since its production, the movie shot on 35mm, has already made headway, winning several awards,being nominated and chosen as official selections in many film festivals around the globe. These awards include Excellence in Filmmaking, Best Editing and nominations include Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film Screenplay.

It has made appearances and received accolades at film festivals such as Swansea Bay International Film Festival with Festival Patron Catherine Zeta-Jones and Festival Vice President Michael Sheen; International Youth Film Festival with Patron Sir Anthony Hopkins and the highly regarded Boston International Film Festival that holds in Boston, MA. With AMC Theaters (the largest chain of movie theatres in the US) as one of its sponsors, the Boston film feast draws a large following, and it also has many other influential sponsors that include BET, A&E Television, Bravo TV, AMC TV, Microsoft, American Express and JVC among others.

The premiere which held at the Silverbird Cinemas in Lagos was quite fab with the movie’s main stars: Genevieve and Omotola ramping up the glam factor on the red carpet. Omotola was dressed in a red tafetta and lace evening gown  paired with black and silver accessories while Genevieve went for city chic in a short peach Grecian inspired one armed draped chiffon dress. paired with black platform pumps and a black clutch Filmmaker Chineze also put her glowed on the red carpet in an electrifying floor-length strapless blue panelled dress accessorized with a silver and ruby necklace and chandelier earrings.

Congrats to the IJE cast and crew! You can watch the movie at the Silverbird Cinemas and Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in Lagos, Port-Harcourt or Abuja.

"Ije" Divas - Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde | Chineze Anyaene | Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji

Chineze Anyaene

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Odalys Garcia

Clem Ohameze

Ufuoma Ejenobor

Isio Wanogho

Oreka Godis of the Beat 99.9 & guest

Kunle Afolayan

Najite Dede and guest

"Silent Scandals" Producer Vivian Ejike

MAI Atafo

Olisa Adibua

Chinny & Onyi Onwugbenu

Kingsley Ogoro

Lil H

Rita Biuwovwi

93 Comments on IJE divas Omotola, Genevieve & Chineze rule the red carpet as “IJE – The Journey” Premieres in Lagos
  • Ms. Jayee August 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    finally!!! been waiting all day for this post.
    Lovely movie…different and very refreshing(Jeez! like i couldn’t predict the next scene!)
    lovin’ this one arm look on Genevieve and that other babe.
    Omotola’s stylist should have gone with something more “in” for her, this is soo boring!
    the Ufouma babe looks nice..not bad but would have done without the coat
    Isio de la wha??..haba! nooo…me no like. and were those flats??
    MAI Atafo always on point!
    ehn…..that’s all!

  • miss moe August 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Gosh Genevieve! mehn she always steals the show!…she looked sooo hawt…wasnt reall feeling Omotolas dress, she has a banging figure she should have worn something better…but still nice!

  • Ms. Jayee August 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    BTW, first to comment yay!!!!!

  • elisa August 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    First.

    I can’t wait for this movie to hit DVD. The ladies are looking smatching. I miss Clem in nollywood. Dude you better come back oh.

  • JPrat August 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    oh no…what’s OmoT wearing? Loving Genny…that’s my girl

  • DU August 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    lovelyyyyyyyyy

  • uneks August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Great movie,great actors and wonderful producer and director. We need more of such movies in nollywood

  • MiZ Attitude August 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    what is Genny wearing on her head? that “hair” is just bad. nice dress tho

  • Feyi August 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    i am stunned!!! this is clearly the best movie ever made by a Nigerian

  • teegirl August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Luv luv Gene’s dress. Omotola’s look I dunno, doesn’t look fresh, or refreshing as I had hoped.

  • Olivia August 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    G.e.n.n.y killed it!!!!! Totally stealing that look. You’re all right, Omotola’s dress didn’t bring out her great figure but she still glowed. Loved Chineze’s gown..simple and stylish. Can’t wait to see the movie.

  • fi August 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    huummmhppphhhhhhh!!

  • Africhic August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I watched this movie at the Cinemas yesterday. It was okay The Figurine is obviously still the best Nigerian movie made for now.

    I did have a few issues with the plot and the depiction of Women in Nigeria, i took offence to the trial scene when Omotola’s character was telling her story and said there were no Queens in Nigeria only Kings. It upset me, that other countries always give their nation a larger than life impression (the US being the case). But Nigerians always want to put Nigeria down, could have done much more with the Genevive character and the Lawyers love plot.

    I did not particularly think it was a waste of money, but i should have watched it on a monday when there’s a free drink and free popcorn.

  • babeandahalf August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Omotola is wearing a victorian inspired dress which I think looks really nice! Gennys dress is nice to especially for a dress from HandM, d brooch helped to accesorize distinctively, not bad at all!

  • Lara August 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Love genny, love Omotola’s gown but her face is looking scary

  • fatounettesenegalchic August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t know why but I am kinder dissapointed with their looks something is not
    right i have been waiting for this for a long time now maybe its the high expectations
    or something. My girl Omot should have worn something more daring as for
    Genny i like the dress but the hair is just not working especially the front look. any way a
    enough of their looks so how was the movies? Did it live to its expectations
    and when can those of us outside Nigeria can watch it?
    thanks

  • Ijeoma August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Omotola’s stylist or whoever picked her outfit didn’t try. She looked ok, but she could have easily stolen the spotlight. Wharrahell. And is it just me or does Clem

  • Ijeoma August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Ohameze look better older?

  • nino August 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE GENNY’S OUTFIT…
    BELLA WHY PUT XXX AND GUEST????
    REMINDS ME OF OVATION WITH THE XXX AND A FRIEND…

  • Dee August 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Genevieve mehn!!! Kai, the babe is just always on point……. ki lo de!

  • soon to be married August 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Ok I agree gene nailed this one, omo sexy aint nothing sexy about boring old red and black that hides everything.

  • beautiful iris August 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    They’re all look HOT.

    Between Omotola’s makeup artist went overboard on the highlighting
    and shading technique o.Haba!!

  • michael August 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    omotola cud have done better. isio is looking like rukky sanda nowadays. white face and black body. abeg oh isio it is the dark beauty that made u beautiful. have u seen that chic’s hands and legs? easy oh

  • DEKAO August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    genny genny …beautiful…..

  • beezy August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Omotola…..with ur pear shape (which i luv btw); drappings arnd ur hips doesnt work!!!
    Genevieve…..not half bad…i like alot
    Clem Ohameze….he’s aged ooooo…. when did the grey hair creep in??
    Ufuoma….not feeling dat gold jacket (or wateva its called)
    Vivian Ejike……warrahell??…warridis???…no mirror? no real friends to tell u the truth about that dress??…hot mess…smh

    MAI ATAFO……. no words!!..best dressed for d nyt (even stunted d ladies)>….

  • beezy August 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    btw….. Ezinne Chinkata did a fantastic job with styling Omotola for the NTFS http://www.bellanaija.com/2010/05/25/fighting-the-ticking-clock-to-create-style-magic-for-omotola-jalade-ekeinde/

    Maybe Omotola can hire her as her stylist…….stick with the tried & trusted….

  • oluwaseun August 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    pls did omotola do plastic surgery for her face? she looks funny… genny, lovely dress, bad hair day!

  • adenike August 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Omotola;why you fall my hand na???

  • Doll August 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Genny = on point with the hair and dress…it wasnt omotola’s night clearlyy

  • Sophie August 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Seriously Wtf is OMOTOLA wearin’ sometimes methinks she loses the guts to be daring and outstanding even when her impulse says so.
    Now Gene, lovely dress, wrong hairstyle (Stolen from Stephanie Okereke’s outlook to Tricia Esiegbe’s wedding) and the shoes mmm you need fashion lessons from Rita Dominic.
    Everyone looked good though and please someone better call Vivian ejike to order, shes such a premiere joke in that get-up!

  • moki August 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    @Beezy…..I was thinking she could have worn that cream and black dress…
    Now that was hawt.

  • fatounettesenegalchic August 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    looking back at Omotola’s dress i actually like the top part of the dress it’s showing
    her small waist nicely my problem is the bottom part and i keep
    wondering why didn’t the designer go for something like a pencil or whatever but
    not this wide thing that attracts all the attention to her heaviest part??? yeah
    Genny had a bad hair day. So how come no review yet from those who have seen
    the movies? come people help a sister now.

  • SugarBABE August 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Genny God created u on monday,u’re blessed,beautiful keep shining,omotola is also hot i could hv prefer her to wear short gown,fits better,am proud of both of u.

  • abby August 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I like Gene’s dress. OmoT’s dress is nice but it looks too promish.

  • Ada August 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    love Genny`s outfit.OmoT may not have brought it a hundred percent in that outfit but she is still as gorj as ever!love her!

  • mariaah August 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    omo was clearly having a stylist day off or stylist basically committed “fashion faux pas”. Seriously you don’t put a pear- shaped woman dress with such amount of volume on the bottom part…Ahh gene looks really good, forget the hair…haha I knw where Ufuoma got her purse..

  • ij August 2, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Chineze Anyaene did me proud, dat blue really suits her

  • Peperempe August 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    So you mean no one noticed that Olisa Adibua is looking respectable for he first timne in history?

  • Peperempe August 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    *the
    *time

  • THE AMAKA August 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    cute!
    hate Genny’s weave tho….and the dress could have been better.
    Omo’s makeup is something else, but cute dress.

    and WOW look at Clems Ohameze. lol

  • Myne Whitman August 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    beautiful looks on the ladies and esp the stars. I look forward to seeing the movie soon.

  • whosthechick August 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    OMG I love comments on Bella Naija…beezy you comment is too funny

  • THE AMAKA August 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    @Michael, i think its the makeup and flash, not bleaching

    people that keep saying Genny is on point with the hair, WHAT? i guess some people like the “overly fake” look cause it looks like a wig she just threw on her head.
    she has had better hair days.

  • sissi August 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    They all need fashion lessons from my lovely RITA DOMINIC.

  • Sultan August 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Beautiful movie, beautiful clothes. The guests looked nice for the most part.
    Was at the premiere, it was packed. Isio’s shoes are not flats, must be the camera angle.

    Great job, Ije!

  • gbeborun August 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Genevieve looks classy not sure about the hair though as for Omosexy she’s should fire the stylist who chose that hideous dress for her.

  • goodgal August 3, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Did Clem Ohameze forget to tuck in his shirt or was he trying to be fashionable?

  • babylawyer August 3, 2010 at 1:12 am

    lol @ Africhic’s comment on the free drink and popcorn

  • mee August 3, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Please your Rita Dominic’s look is monotonous.

  • Gam August 3, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Is this supposed to be a movie premiere? with random people chopping popcorn in the background. Why do we always lack polish in stuff that we try to copy/do *sigh*

  • AfricanChic August 3, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Genevieve is the only one out of all this mess that looked anywhere decent or appropriate for the event. What is going on?

  • wow August 3, 2010 at 4:18 am

    it has to be the camera that is giving everybody pancake face.

    What was omotola thinking?Did she think she was a maid of honor ni?

  • ashbaby August 3, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Gennie baby,u r too much,beautifulll dress,me likey,hair NO! Slobby! As for Omo T,m speechless…..y can’t she just respect herself sometimes,hissss…….

  • edi August 3, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Genny’s dress is flawless, her hair is a hot mess tho…makes her look like a drag queen..she shud have done a slick back simple pony tail…with a dress like that, less is more..omotola’s dress was nice but too much going on with the waist…a skinny person will rock that dress better coz it will give them more volume

  • tatafo August 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

    These so called celebrities should free H&M for students nowww Haba!
    they should go for sophisticated designers such as Dolce &
    Gabbana , Alexandra Mcqueen,Vera Wang, Tiffany Amber,,,,etc

  • queen August 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

    onyi onwugbenu and her sister, all the way from america,
    and they could wear those outfits and shoes? they fall
    my hand. Yep… chineze did not disappoint. but as for
    genny and omotola, there is not much difference, they are
    competing with each other. OK… their stans; I’m waiting for
    ur attacks. :)

  • JPrat August 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Lmao @ Tatafo…

  • ruby August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Did not really like omotola’s look here but, she nailed her character in the movie,she was fantastic.and Genevieve was great,those two better stop their beef and get together,their combo was elctric.I did not get the love scene between the lawyer and Genevieve,however the guy was hot.
    Kudos to the IJE team,i loved the movie!

  • lola August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

    LMAO. I so love the different comments on bn. I hope Omosexy doesnt read all these. and Genny too. ‘she looks like a drag queen’. ouch. Anyway Mai looks so hot.

  • ngozi August 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

    saw ije on friday and saturday and each time, it seemed like a new movie to me…excellent cast, wonderful job by the crew…. great plot…. it was awesome and totally refreshing… genevieve was off d hook… really acted her naive part…. omotola murdered her role…. no one could have done it better… and trust me, IJE beat figurine to it….. i noticed he sat there till d very last props….. overhead zeb ejiro saying he wasnt goin to location anytime soon….. chineze is one hell of a director and i can see her being nominated 4 the oscars in the nearest future if IJE is just her school project work…… took my lil cousins to the cinema yesterday and realised that kajolas 5:30 pm slot originally given to him had been cancelled and given to ije cuz pple came out asking 4 refunds….. i just had to take a pic of it……. its a must watch….. and in goin again this weekend….. i also heard it sold out in lagos gdc, silverbird and ozone on fri and sat….. nice job girl…. go make us proud…. + she is just 26….. wonder wat she is up to next…….

  • misspretty August 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    u all r bunch of amateurs …omotola’s make-up was ruined by the light on the camera.
    i think she looked gr8 so does genny & other guest there. Finito

  • MiaJadore August 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    @sissi, your lovely Rita Dominic needs acting lessons from my lovely ladies.

  • mysterious meah August 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    is that Vivian Atoki ? whaoooooooooooooow…………………… i expected more………………………………………………………….. as per say SILENT SCANDALOUS……………………………………………. oops… sorry scandal?

  • sexy diva August 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    lol @ mysterious meah when did she get married??????

  • B August 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    @tatafo!

    No offence but because one has a couple of millions
    doesn’t mean they can’t rock non-designer labels!

    I think that’s the problem we girls have, we have to rock the LV’s, boutins and all
    before we call ourselves “stylish”…

    geni scored 1000% for rocking the “so-called” H&M
    at a premier and making it look like a premium label

  • beauty August 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    i was there i saw them live…………..omotola is the boom..shes twice as pretty compared toa nyone,her skin was glowing like she was white and her fans were all over compare to gen…i love u omosexy

  • Kikilicious August 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thumbs up to Ije, what is important is the effort. The girls looked great. Some better than others. I really think it’s disgusting for women to come here all the time and constantly reign abuses on women. I know some of the people here. Anonymous isn’t so anonymous and I know some of you don’t hold a candle to these women. Most of you are tired and frustrated abroad. It’s a choice you made, don’t take it out on these actresses who have done Nigeria proud. What have you done? Go to Hollywood sites and sing praises for Nicole Kidman if it makes you feel better. Stop hating these girls cos you can never be like them.

  • candi August 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I did not like Omosexy dress it look a bit like a cheap prom dress to me!Na Genni mi hehey always FRESH!!!

  • chiny August 4, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Kkk..rilly luvin gene’s dress..but it looks like her head was heavy for her to carry
    Omo’s stylist didn’t pul it off

  • Ms. Jayee August 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

    @Africhic: lol @ the free drink and popcorn. Methinks that maybe the movie might have been
    a lil’ bit over hyped (or we just expected a whole freakin’ lot). I didn’t like the way they depicted women in the movie.
    I believed the plot was a bit tooo sudden to execute. They would have included more scenes to
    And at the end of the movie, i wondered what the “Ije” (journey) was ’cause it wasn’t
    much of one. But it was still a very good movie nonetheless. kudos!

  • ngozi August 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

    is it aabout the clothes they wore or about the movie that was premiering?? those ladies looked good and that simple…. was on ground on that day and i saw them first hand…….

  • BKNY August 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

    omot T is ok jooh..genee is rily hot..but for m..i wish i hadnt gone to d cinema to see ije…..its nt a cinema moviee@all….regular nollyhood story…..btw..welldon garls

  • akua August 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    i like genny’s look :) & also the lady in blue/ what happened omo?? ;(

  • chubby August 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    @miajadore am with u all the way.i think everybody looked very nice, pls let’s cut omotola some slacks.

  • hauwa dauda August 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Nice photos most of them are well drerssed especially the naija stars. Who are the so called “international” stars & which movies have they starred in abi they’re to be considered international just cuz they are foriegners?

  • anon August 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    @Kikilicious… LOL, it takes one to know the other. HOw are you doing?

  • Miz B August 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    The girls looked good jor! I dont know worraheck you people are talking about. As if you could look half as good! oh, I forgot… Its the haterz on parade again! Omotola looked divine and regal! Far better than Genny in her silmple, understated number! But then to each his own. Osondi owendi!

  • kachi August 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    who is the lady wearing the safari dress with that handbag (that is so off by the way) to a Movie premiere?… Omotola is so pretty, but just gets it wrong sometimes.

  • Afam Orji August 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I have to see this Ije movie.

  • Olivia M August 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    No..I’m so disappointed at Omotola’s choice of dress for this event..A curvy woman like Omotola do not need extra material at the hips…She doesnot even look kept , looked so rough..
    Genevieve is Okay .These stars needs to get stylist for every event…

  • ij August 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    To God be the glory , olisa adibua for once did me proud, finally!!! ah ah
    i knew this day would come, i knew it.

  • johanna August 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Genevieve is following the step of hollywood stars.just that she is got too much make up on her face.

  • Judy August 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    What was Ufuoma Ejenobor thinking?She was badly dressed.

  • Boogie August 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    So Omotola has this kind of weave and she used tangled Darling Yaki in the movie

  • Rita Rox August 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    this is very savvy

  • u know August 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    @johanna, which Hollywood, black hollywood or white Hollywood? I laugh
    in French. Parlez vous…

  • eddie August 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    As far as I know, Omotola is the most beautiful nollywood actress, which time Genevieve start? Her acting prowess puts her notches up Genevieve. The movie showed that clearly…

  • B-stizzle August 10, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Genevieve is looking peng! She needs to give her stylist a pay raise, that’s a really hot ‘vintagey’ look right there.
    Omotola, fire your stylist and if you dress yourself, hire yourself one!

  • Afam Orji August 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    What is Omotola wearing. She looks like a robot.

  • lara August 20, 2010 at 12:38 am

    i am loving that dress Genevieve. watched the movie, its quite good.

  • Egunjobi O.A August 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    i like omosexy’s hair kinda liked the dress, but genevieve what where you thinking wearing that hair, nice dress though but don’t ever come out with such an ugly face again

  • A.T. September 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Does anyone know when the DVD wiil be out?

  • Gbenga Awomodu September 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    So everyone has been talking about Ije: The Journey. With at least seven awards under its belt, I was convinced I would enjoy, and I sure did… both times!

    Ije: The Journey is a story of two sisters, Anya (Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) and Chioma (Genevieve Nnaji). Growing up in Oku Village on the hilly countryside, they learn to fight and watch each other’s back. Anya loves to sing and years down the line, she leaves Nigeria in pursuit of fame, glory, and riches in Los Angeles, refusing to heed warnings from her father and her younger sister. But then, life deals her an ugly blow. She is held in custody for allegedly killing her producer husband, Michael Michino, and two other men. It is Chioma who receives the call and comes in to save her only sister. “Don’t let Papa know about my troubles… he was right…,” she tells Chioma who turns to Jalen Turner (Ulriche Que) a young unproven attorney who has just lost a high profile murder case.

    Ije brings to the fore some important themes in today’s world, including love, racism, culture, stigma and life as an immigrant in a foreign country. Chioma is irked and embarrassed as the immigration officer at the point of entry into the US asks her “Madam can I see your passport … bag please.” Later on she admits, “They say America is the gateway to heaven; how many see the other side?” She also displays some occasional bouts of stupidity when she visits Anya in the prison. There she is so excited and begins to speak to Anya across the glass partitioning, oblivious of the telephone device she needs to communicate… But Nigerians are a tough breed, we are smart and can survive anywhere in the world. After wrestling her bag during a mugging attempt on her, she educates the Asian inn keeper “You think these streets are tough, come to Lagos, wa riran!”

    This movie also highlights the culture of shame and silence and the stigma attached to rape and rape victims. Indeed a clash of two cultures, social attitudes towards rape and rape victims in the Nigerian society threaten to banish Anya to the American prison for the rest of her life. Chioma acknowledges, “Once a woman is raped, nobody wants to touch her again…”She admonishes Anya: “Stand and face your fears tomorrow, just like you did for me the other day…”

    Ije showcases brilliant cinematography. The perfectly timed sound effects arouse one’s sensitivity with no excesses. The acting is exquisite and the cast did an excellent job of interpreting their script. The two girls who acted young Anya and Chioma, and the international cast including Hispanic sensation, Odalys Garcia, Ulrich Que, Jeff Swarthout, Odalys Garcia, Kenny Joh, Diana Yekinni, Russia Hardy and Anahit Setian Que, put on a convincing show.

    The costume design, though not overly elaborate, was just adequate in celebrating and representing Nigeria’s rich culture. The Nigerian cast don colorful and beautifully made Ankara gowns and skirts. Jalen Turner, seeing Chioma in a patterned blue, red and yellow gown alongside the matching circle of red beads says: “So this is what Nigeria wears to dinner… I have to visit your country.”

    Ije is also not bereft of punchlines and occasional philosophical sayings that are hard-to-find in most Nollywood movies. When Rachel, a little girl from the Michino neighbourhood asks Chioma, “Why is your hat so big?” she appeals to the curious, innocent mind: “Because I keep all my ideas underneath it.” When the girl later sees her without her turban-esque Ankara scarf, she quizzes again, “Where is your hat?” “I guess I’m running out of ideas… Maybe you can help me out,” she replies. In another instance, when Turner comes back to find his otherwise rough and disorganised apartment neatly arranged, Chioma tells the surprised lawyer, “Everything is still in place… The difference is that you can actually see it now…” She claims her banking job makes keeping track of information her business. “I have to do something, I have to help somehow.” Perhaps, this underscores how a (Nigerian) woman often brings order into a man’s life. Even when Turner says, “there was nothing that could have been done until this morning,” she quips, “I could have worried.”

    So, are there any flaws in the movie? I actually went all out to enjoy the movie so I could hardly spot any. But I remember a friend with whom I watched it the first time pointed out at the scene where Chioma and her lawyer go for dinner that the lady performing live music was lip-synching. The sound and the movement of her lips were some milliseconds apart. I liked the way the movie ended though, and I was convinced it indeed was a good movie when the full-capacity audience rose in applause twice at the Ozone Cinemas in Yaba, Lagos where I watched it!

    In homage to the movie’s insight and wit, I leave you with my favourite quote by Anya Michino (Omotola):

    “This man says I would have gone back home and lived like a queen… In Nigeria, there are no queens, only kings… A woman is given to him by her family and herself… He becomes her protector… Husbands are not fathers; mine was not even a man.”

    Ije

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