The alleged rift between Nollywood superstars Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade appears to have taken a different turn as the two have starred as sisters in a Hollywood standard movie titled ‘Ije.’
Though the screen goddesses came out to clear the air about their relationship, a section of Nollywood maintained that they did not see eye to eye.
“They only accepted to star together in ‘Ije’ because the money was good,” a source told BEATWAVES.
Genevieve and Omotola, who are the only Nigerian top stars in the movie, have not played together for a long time after their ‘Blood Sisters’ movie. Their rivalry reportedly started over movie roles and the contention between them over who was Nigeria’s biggest screen diva from 2003.
Perhaps, the new movie will turn things around for the two stars in the public eye.
Their high budget movie, which stars a number of other Hollywood actors, was partly shot in Los Angeles, and was directed and produced by New York Film Academy graduate, Chineze Anyaene, a 26-year-old Nigerian based in Los Angeles, California.
It has been described as the first standard Nigerian made Hollywood film.
‘Ije’ means the journey and has been screened at several film festivals and has won awards still counting.
Transporting the audience from lush countryside of Nigeria, to the intensity and seductive power of Los Angeles, Ije- The Journey- tells the story of two sisters with unbreakable bonds of loyalty and the power of human spirit.
When Anya, the elder of the two, vows to chase her dreams of glamour in the Hollywood Hills, her younger sister- Chioma- warns her of the dark side of American Dream.
Years later, in a world away from the life she knew, Anya is charged with the murder of three men, one of them her powerful husband. Chioma travels to her sister’s side to battle not only a flawed justice system with the aid of a young and disillusioned attorney, but the very notion of ‘truth’ as the culture values of two worlds collide. Weaving a melodic and beautiful score through rich visuals in Los Angeles and flashbacks on location in Nigeria, ‘Ije’ captures the viewer from the very first scene and delivers a powerful message through the moving conclusion.
The movie will be premiering in Ghana tonight December 31 at the Silverbird Cinema in Accra.