A Celebration of Omotola Jalade And Genevieve Nnaji Through Movies

Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade

Sometimes you just really love a duo in movies. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji are two of the biggest actresses to come from Nigeria.

The two have appeared in a handful of movies together and as it is when giants appear together in a film, it stops being simply a movie and transcends into art.

Some duos just really work well in movies, think of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and other dynamic duos. Omotola Jalade and Genevieve Nnaji rank high on such lists.

Below are three movies starring the two screen divas that you all have to watch.

“Games Women Play” (2005)

This is likely the least popular of the movies they have appeared in together and was also the second time the two titans met on screen. While the movie followed two distinct storylines, the one that was most entertaining to watch was the vivacious actress played by Genevieve Nnaji, who in a bid to test her boyfriend (Desmond Elliot), decided to send a close friend (Omotola), to seduce him. Let’s just say it ended in tears. The movie was directed by Lancelot Imaseun and produced by Rob Emeka Eze and Emem Isong.


“Blood Sisters” (2003)

This was the first movie the two did together and at the time it caused such a stir because they were both so big at the time, that a movie featuring the two was seen by many as the most ambitious crossover of all time. The movie followed 2 sisters Gloria (Omotola Jalade) and Esther (Genevieve Nnaji) who were at odds, while Gloria was nice, easy going and humble, Esther was jealous, vindictive and manipulative. The latter always tried to ruin her sister’s life and even tried to get in the way of her marriage. The movie was written and directed by Tchidi Chikere and would probably not be as well received today as it was clear that Omotola’s character was deemed more beautiful in large part due to her lighter skin.


“Ije: The Journey” (2010)

This was a massive movie as it was one of the earliest movies to have a Nigerian and American cast. It follows two sisters (yes, that’s a theme with their movies), Anya (Omotola Jalade) and Chioma (Genevieve Nnaji). The former was on trial for the murder of her American husband whom she claimed she killed in self defence. It is now up to Chioma to travel from Nigeria and help stop her sister from rotting in jail. The movie was directed by Chineze Anyaene and was written by Samuel Tilsen.


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