Chineze Anyaene

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Chineze Anyaene (born 28 December 1983) is a Nigerian filmmaker and film producer. She is best known for her 2010 critically acclaimed picture, Ijé: The Journey.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Chineze Anyaene was born and raised in Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa. She obtained her B.A in Theatre Art from the prestigious University of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2005, she moved to the United States where she obtained a Master's degree in Directing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA).


Chineze Anyaene, a filmmaker with passion and drive in telling stories with thorough cinematic interpretation benchmarked on acclaimed international technical standard. Founder/CEO of Xandria Productions,[1] a fully integrated studio which specializes in production, acquisition, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures within Africa and the international film Market. Xandria Productions feature film debut "Ije: The Journey" in 2010 was produced and directed by Chineze Anyaene starring Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji with a production sponsorship from Kodak. Ije tells the story of two Nigerian sisters, Chioma and Anya, and how Chioma travels to the US to help save her sister from being convicted of murder.[2] The critically acclaimed picture was shot in Nigeria and the United States as the first feature film to be made by a student of New York Film Academy; "Ije: The Journey" travelled around film festival across the globe, won prestigious awards and then became a Nigerian box office hit and instant classic as well as contributed to the revolution of Nigerian cinema.

In 2012, Anyaene produced a short film, 20 Years Later, directed by Larry Ulrich and starring Jeff Handy, Chris Oliver and Angel Princess. Due to the production costs of Ijé: The Journey, as of 2013 she was still out of pocket and unable to get the funding to make another feature present at present.[3]

Chineze was a Speaker at the 14th Edition of African Business Club, Harvard Business School, on the subject ‘Entertainment: A Nexus of the Movie and Music Industries in Africa. African Business Club is the World's largest student-run event focused on business in Africa. It brings together over 900 participants, business professionals from around the world whilst providing an exceptional networking opportunity for business and community leaders, corporate, sponsors, current and prospective Harvard MBA students and alumni, students from other programs and educators from around the world. The theme of the 14th edition of which Chineze was also a participant was Africa Incorporated: Cultivating an Integrated Market

Chineze Anyaene led a delegation with Tope Oshin Ogun, Ramsey Nouah, Charles Novia to represent Nigeria movie industry at the World Economic Forum held in Abuja in 2014 as a panel to discuss Nollywood and its prospects [4]

Chineze is also consulting producer for a brand that comprises 7 channels on Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service.

Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC)[edit]

Chineze Anyaene constituted the Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) and received approval from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2012 as the Nigerian organization approved to submit and represent the country's feature film entry in International Feature Film (IFF) category; the committee for which she was chairperson was approved for a running tenure of 5 years.[5]

The re-committee was re-approved in 2019 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards with her still as Chairperson of the 12-man committee. In 2019 the committee submitted Nigerian first entry for the Oscars for the Best International Feature Film category formerly called Best Foreign language category[6][7]


Notable awards won are:

Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival,

The Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival,[8]

The Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival,

The Melvin van Peebles Award at the San Francisco Black Festival,[9] and

The Festival Prize for Best International Student at Swansea Bay Film Festival, awarded by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Sheen.[10]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Interview with Chineze Anyaene - Producer of Ije: The Journey". Nigeria Movie Network. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ "I'm yet to recoup money spent on Ije production – Chineze Anyaene". Vanguard. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
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  9. ^ "Acclaimed Nigerian Hit Drama 'Ijé' ('The Journey') Now Available In North America". 12 December 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  10. ^ "IJE divas Omotola, Genevieve & Chineze rule the red carpet as "IJE – The Journey" Premieres in Lagos". Bella Naija. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2016.