Chineze Anyaene

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Chineze Anyaene (born c. 1984) is a Nigerian filmmaker and film producer. She is best known for her 2010 critically acclaimed picture, Ijé: The Journey.


A student in the theatrical arts at the University of Abuja, and arrived in the United States in 2005, obtaining a master's degree in Directing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA). She made her first film, Ijé: The Journey, starring Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji in 2010. The film, shot in Nigeria and the United States 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.[1] The film was critically acclaimed, winning the Award of Excellence at the Canada International Film Festival, the Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, the Melvin van Peebles Award at the San Francisco Black Festival,[2] and the Festival Prize for Best International Student at Swansea Bay Film Festival, awarded by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Sheen.[3]

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.[4]

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  1. ^ "Interview with Chineze Anyaene - Producer of Ije: The Journey". Nigeria Movie Network. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Acclaimed Nigerian Hit Drama 'Ijé' ('The Journey') Now Available In North America". 12 December 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "I'm yet to recoup money spent on Ije production – Chineze Anyaene". Vanguard. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2016.