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Caroline Chikezie & Hakeem Kae-Kazim star in epic Nigerian Movie Musical “Inalé”



With each passing day, our hope and faith that the Nigerian Movie Industry is truly making progress is renewed. Many argue that economic distress promotes creativity and that might just be the case for Nollywood. Movie fans are no longer satisfied with the status quo – redundant story lines, poor technical quality and mediocre acting. To justify spending their hard earned Naira and dollars, Nollywood fans desire quality films!

Inalé is the latest offering from the “revitalized” Nollywood. Inalé is a movie musical and tells a story of enchantment and intrigue; a legend of bravery and valour, its theme revolves around the test of true love and restoration of peace between two warring communities.

Inalé is based on a folktale that has been told by the Idoma people of Benue state over the ages. As the story goes, the most beautiful girl who happens to be the princess of Idoma land faces various trials and tribulations.

The movie is directed by Jeta Amata and features Nigerian/British actress Caroline Chikezie in the lead role. Caroline plays Princess Inalé, the beautiful daughter of the great King Oche of the Idoma people in Idomaland, Nigeria. Her beloved Odeh, played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim, must win their customary wrestling tournament to take Inalé’s hand in marriage.

The villagers had gathered for the big ceremony to only indulge the presence of a masked stranger’s request that challenges not only the tradition of the village law, the future of the kingdom but the strength of Odeh and Inalé’s true love.

The soundtrack of the movie featured original songs performed by Bongos Ikwue. Other stars featured in the movie include Ini Edo-Ehiagwina, Keppy Ekpenyong, Dede Mabiaku, Mbong Amata, Nse Ikpe Etim and Omawumi.

According to the filmmakers, Inalé is the first-ever Nigerian movie musical shot in celluloid. The movie is set to premiere on the 22nd of October at GDCinemas in Lagos and on the 28th of October at Silverbird Cinemas in Abuja.

View the trailer for Inalé and stills from the movie below.

Caroline Chikezie - Inale, Princess of Otukpo

Hakeem Kae Kasim - Ode

Dede Mabiaku - King Oche

Keppy Ekpenyong Bassey Inyang - The Stranger

Ini Edo - Omada

View the trailer for Inale

Behind the Scenes photos from the set of “Inale”

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  1. Brittle Paper

    October 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I reserve my comment. Why is there so much over-acting?

    • Ms. Jayee

      October 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Uncle/Aunty…where did you see over acting? abegi!

  2. said yaya

    October 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    MMMhh, I hope they can interprete the role well

    • LAUREN

      October 13, 2010 at 2:36 am

      Wow she looks gorgeous! Are u available Caroline? Danm u look sexy hun

  3. mimi

    October 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    wheepee!!! first comment! 😀
    i cant wait to watch this movie oh! i love jeta amata movies! hes not like the rest of the other producers that produces wack movies every month! he takes his time and makes good quality movies! with great stories! and baddass production! sound, cinematography, errythin just perfect! this looks really good! and reminds me that am african and proud of it! not all these lousy american wona-be fake actors oshi! hiss!
    but ehmm…it looks like shes supposed to be a mermaid too??? wowsa! O_o

  4. MiaJadore

    October 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    LOVE IT! No plastic weave, no fake accent, no bleached out skin or heavy makeup, no fake eyelashes or dirty plastic finger nails, no flashy cloths, cars, or mansion. Just a good storyline and hopefully good acting. LOVE IT!!!

  5. Raz

    October 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    That trailer is so uninteresting. Nothing to make me wanna watch. DRY

  6. ehikowoichobaby

    October 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    omg!…i am so proud of ma idoma heritage!…cant way 2 c dis movie!…nollywood is really revitalizing!

  7. shade

    October 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    This looks really good.

  8. Myne Whitman

    October 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I’m really excited to see this movie, and maybe I’ll got to see it in a Nigerian Cinema, woohoo…

  9. kelly

    October 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    it is idoma so hey they’ve got my support….lol

  10. Luella

    October 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Kocho Idoma waye dun ware!

  11. mariaah

    October 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Yay for us OYI IDOMA!!! The movie looks interesting from the trailer…

  12. Miz B

    October 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I gats to watsh it!

  13. Omada

    October 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    a movie about Idoma people, can’t wait! Ini Edo as Omada? niceee! don’t get to hear my name on t.v everyday lol..

    this Caroline chick really looks like Meagan Good or is it just me?

  14. Nma

    October 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    This is honestly dry biko….esp with all the hype and the money i’m sure they spend. And Bella, this story line is as redundant as it gets!…check those usual village nollywood movies, and u’ll see. YAWN!

    • Nma

      October 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm


  15. Gino

    October 13, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Nollywood, una know dey try. U guys should step up ur games. i prefer the drama showed as series than those nolyywood movies.

  16. Ibo Omoge

    October 13, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Those of you whining, watch the movie first then come and pass your judgement! What’s all this “I’m-a-super-film-critic-I-can-analyze-a-film-by-its-trailer-even-though-I’ve-not-seen-it ish. Some people can be such irrritants.

    • Omada

      October 15, 2010 at 12:32 am

      thank you jare!

    • Theresa

      October 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      very true! I am already salivating for this movie, i wish i could watch it here in the UK. Looks really good, welldone Jeta, because of people like you, i have faith in nollywood.

  17. ugo

    October 13, 2010 at 5:42 am

    is it weird that i think hakeem kae kazeem is hot? *blushes*

    • mariaah

      October 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      nah mate, ur actually spot on… He’s a confirmed hottie but my bby is hotter!!

  18. ruby

    October 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

    @ibo omoge,i totally agree with you! The Movie is a must see!

  19. ugochi

    October 13, 2010 at 11:14 am

    AHH,cant wait to see this movie.Good we are incorporating other languages and tribes in Nollywood. I love Colonel Ike Dubaku and of cos Caroline.

  20. Amour

    October 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Looks good so far. Traditional settings can be quite interesting. Let’s hope this is…

  21. Passerby

    October 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Yoooo did anyone else see the mami water tail near the end of the clip?? :S :S

    • Ibo Omoge

      October 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      I saw it ooo! I was like “Wooo!” See film trick ooo. It looked so real!…I’m gonna watch this even if its just to see the tail again. Not those blue-ish shine-shine foam they typically use for Nollywood movies LOL!!


    October 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Awwwww. I fell for Hakeem in 24, Season 7. Good move guys!

  23. estell

    October 14, 2010 at 3:39 am

    wow wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i ve neva been more proud…dats wat we need upgrades….NOLLYWOOD muah!!!!!!! didnt knw hakeem was a nigerian lovd his moves in 24…n caroline yea yea i rem d movies aeon ….more room for improvement.

  24. Jade

    October 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Great, cant wait to see, and i am proud of the improvements even though i am not nigerian!!!

  25. zeenie

    October 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    wow! i cnt wait to watch it i just hope it is interesting sha…

  26. her royal hawtness!!

    October 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    @Nma and Gino una sef no dey try.bcos na village film u dey watch all ur life na im make u no fit tell d difference between ordinary asaba film and a high end production like ”INALE”so u sef step up ur game***give the film a chance jare***

  27. John

    October 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    This is truly an idoma scene. my people, pls keep it up!

  28. Chichi.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Abegi which kind nonsense be dis!! Nigerian movie musical and they are singing jazz music!! I want to hear igbo, yoruba and hausa songs!! This aint high school musical. Its not even set in the city!!! They should learn from the likes of Umoja and Soweto gospel choir. Unu ne meh Nigerian musical and you are singing in english!! Pidgin english would have even been better. Hisssssssssss!!

  29. xter

    April 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    idoma peeps abole? cant wait to see this movie. my language is not easy a character to act ooo.

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