Unlike the popular saying that ‘when two elephants fight, the grass suffers’, the case is not the same with the two elephants in the contemporary Nigerian film industry called Nollywood; Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji as there seems to be no grass that suffers as a result of the rivalry.
Though, there have really not been an open confrontation between these two talented and Africa’s queens of the movie world, but it is clear that there is an unwritten rivalry between them mainly brought about by their respective fans.
What makes their rivalry healthy unlike the rivalry witnessed among Fuji musicians in Nigeria is that their fans may have had a better understanding that it is better to keep the rivalry healthy rather than brutal like the Fuji fans.
Interestingly, both have acted in more movies as sisters than any other rivals in Nollywood. So, when both acted again as sisters in Ije, a movie by Chineze Anyaeze, which was her project work at the film school, many wondered how Chineze convinced the two screen divas in acting together again as sisters in the film.
Revealing how she achieved the feat, “When I was even thinking of approaching them, a lot of people discouraged me saying the pair don’t talk but I went ahead to ‘chase’ them for months.
“When I called Omotola, she asked who the other actress was, I said Genevieve and when I called Genevieve she asked who the other actress was, I said Omotola (laughs) and she was like, ‘has she agreed?’ I said yes and Omotola asked me too if Genevieve had agreed, I said yes meanwhile they hadn’t even agreed (laughs) but I had to use that trick to be able to get them together in the film,” the Masters degree holder in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy (NYFA) disclosed.
On how both got together on set and her experience with them, Chineze revealed, “It was a wonderful experience working with these two stars, they knew I was a student at the New York Film Academy at that time.
“So, when the production started on the first day, they didn’t take part but they observed the session. When their turn came, they were very professional all the way, it was pleasant scenery all through.”
Ije was finally released on DVD on Monday, December 3, 2012. The film is sold over N60 million at the cinemas.
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Nneoma | 12/3/2012 11:45:13 PM
U see how she diplomatically asked ‘Has she agreed?’ Dis babe is too classy and matured in all ramifications. Unlike some who will start throwing unnecessary tantrums just to display superiority. Go gurl, u are indeed Da Queen of African Movies!
lolo | 12/3/2012 11:46:12 PM
ok hav u pple heard now the producer approached omot first..b4 even contacting gennyfcukingvive…omot always comes 1st
Gconnection | 12/3/2012 11:57:04 PM
The bitter truth is that Genny always take d major lead roles even when OmoT is involved. I am yet to see a movie where Genny played d second after OmoT…..not even one, none, nada…….see all these na destiny and grace! No be gra gra…..I admire them both but one must be superior to the other in any field of play, and in this case na Genevive!
huh | 12/3/2012 11:58:22 PM
First or last, she said she had both of them in mind to do her movie, so WTF are u talkin about?,
chris boris | 12/4/2012 12:07:48 AM
u are unique angel gene.i pray she wil agree dat u ar jst d best.luv u angel.chris boris 4 life.
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dami | 12/4/2012 12:29:01 AM
professionalism has brought omotola thus far 17 years down the lane so it’s no surprising, that is why she will continue remain a force to reckon with.
simisola | 12/4/2012 12:31:35 AM
Omotola is one woman that brings glam to everyting that involves her, with the combination of genny ofcos we expect nothing less. Ije is a great movie, love it cos of my sweet actress omosexy
Jaunty | 12/4/2012 12:34:38 AM
we all know Genny represent in every aspect, she’s got class, and i love the fact that she always play the lead over omot . Coz omot
is a supportin actress to genny anyday anythme! I love my genny anyday, anytime!
ODM | 12/4/2012 12:34:39 AM
Lolo please go hang yourself with your s****d statement. it does not matter who was asked first and as you can see both ladies responded politely if the other has agreed to act. They both acted professionally. You can go and hang yourself r*****h. Let the ladies be and they are professionals who know how to put their vendetta aside and work together. i***t
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blessing | 12/4/2012 12:35:55 AM
It was a great job by chineze i must confess, havin two of the biggest nollywood diva in one movie was a fantastic job. Just love omotola like c***yyyyyyyyyy.