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  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 109 mins
  • Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated


Plot: Anya’s dream turned into a nightmare when she was accused of killing 3 men. For her to regain her freedom she had to share her secret with world. With help of her sister Chioma and an inexperienced attorney Ije tells the story in a riveting way with an unexpected climatic ending. It’s a story that conveys the fusion of the African culture with the American culture in a court room like no other.

Starring: Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ulrich Que, Odalys Garcia, Jon Woodward, Jeff Swarthout,  Clem Ohameze

Director: Chineze Anyaene

Studio: Xandria Productions







More Information

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Countries of Production: Nigeria / USA
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 109 mins
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Color: Color
  • Rating: Not Rated

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Dec 06, 2012 by Mary

I started watching the movie late last night and couldn't stop. It's so good! I stayed up past midnight watching it. Great acting, wonderful message. It handles tough subject matter without being overwhelming. I recommend this movie highly! One aspect I especially liked is the sisterhood. Whether biological or of the heart, sisters are so important to me.

Dec 04, 2012 by Segilola

A must see! I enjoyed every minute!!

Dec 03, 2012 by Sarah

I can't wait to see this movie

5.0 5.0 3 3 I started watching the movie late last night and couldn't stop. It's so good! I stayed up past midnight watching it. Great acting, wonderful message. It handles tough subject matte Movies » IJE

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Genevive Nnaji as Chioma Opara

IJE (The Journey) showcases the legendary talent of one of Africa’s top box office stars, Genevive Nnaji. The recipient of the 2005 African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress, Nnaji has been featured on the “OPRAH” television show as one of the “Most Famous People in the World,” dubbed the Julia Roberts of Nollywood by CNN, and named one of the “40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine.

The native Nigerian was born in Mbaise, Imo State, and raised in Lagos, the fourth of eight children. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother was a school teacher. Nnaji began her career at the age of eight, appearing in one of Nigeria’s most popular television soap operas. Her first big break came at the age of 19, with the movie “Most Wanted.” She has subsequently appeared in over 80 Hollywood motion pictures.

In 2004 Nnaji released her debut album, One Logologo Line, through Ghanaian record label, EKB Records, and became the “Face of Lux.” In 2008 her signature clothing line,”St. Genevieve,” was launched. Two years later Nnaji was appointed to be the official “Face of MUD.”

She continues to reside in Lagos.

Omotola Ekeinde

IJÉ (The Journey) stars one of Africa’s most popular and respected actresses, Omotola Ekeinde. The veteran of over 250 film roles has been honored with more than 35 international acting and civic awards. Dedicated to helping the less fortunate, Ekeinde became the first African artist to headline a campaign for AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL in Sierra-Leone. She has also served as a United Nations Ambassador for WFP (World Food Programme); crusaded on behalf of Save the Children Foundation UK and LINK-A-CHILD; and launched the Omotola Ekeinde Initiative for Youth Empowerment, which brought together over 800 youths for the Empowerment Walk and Convention.

Ekeinde began her career in 1995 as a model, and earned the prestigious Thelma Award the following year. Aside from acting, she writes poetry and screenplays, as well as the popular newspaper column, “Omotola’s Diary.” Ekeinde is married to airline pilot Captain Matthew Ekeinde and has four children.

Ulrich Que as Jalen Turner

Tall, strikingly handsome, and leading man of films, Larry James Ulrich, Jr., now known as Ulrich Que, was born in the town of La Marque, Texas. After graduating from La Marque High School in 1988, Ulrich enrolled at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. There he found the love to become a member in the most prestigious nationally known fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. also known as “Que Dawgs”. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public affairs in 2002, he then attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. to pursue his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film Production.

After his journey at Howard University, he then became employed at his Alma Mata, Huston-Tillotson University, as a campus recruiter. He then landed the leading role in Austin’s popular soap opera series titled “Shades of Life” where he won Best Male Actor two year straight. After winning the awards, he realized that he must take his career to another level so he decided relocate to Los Angeles.

Odalys Garcia as Carolina Vasquez

With a large following among Latin audience, the multi-talented Odalys Garcia has worked as a television host, recording artist and actress. In 2009, after two years at the Stella Alder Academy of Acting in Los Angeles, Odalys finished her feature film IJÉ – The Journey. In 2008 she joined playwright Rich Najera’s nationally recognized stage production Latinologues T2U.

Odalys’ television career began on Univision, one of the largest Spanish language networks in the United States, when she dubuted as the model on Noche de Gigantes. Soon she was signed to host De Pelicula. Her popularity soared when she earned the host spot on the long running hit comedy Lente Loco.
As an admired celebrity, Odalys was spokesperson for Bally Total Fitness for three consecutive years. She was also the public face for Toma Leche, a Got Milk campaign.

In 2002 doors to the music world opened when Odalys recorded her first CD Ven a Ver. Her second CD, Odalys Garcia was released in 2006. She has appeared at major festivals in the United States and throughout Latin America.

Odalys Garcia now resides in Los Angeles, California. At the present time she is devoted to her acting career and is evaluation new projects in English and Spanish.

Jeff Swarthout as Don Deccico

Jeff Swarthout is an Actor, Writer and Producer ; “Ije” is Jeff’s 7th feature film since moving from New York City 6 years ago. In New York his primary focus was the stage with classical theater being his niche. He has performed with the Acting Company, The Utah Shakespearean Festival and the St. Louis Repertory Co. to name a few. Other film credits include “Devil Girl: and “Gardens of the Night”> Television credits include “Another World” and “Trinity”. Jeff holds a Masters of Fine Arts from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Clem Ohameze as Papa Opara

One of the stakeholders in Nollywood today, renowed actor Clem Ohameze was born in Imo Stat, Nigeria. The Nollywood actor graduated with a diploma in Mass Communications and a degree in Sociology from the University of Port Harcourt and was a successful businessman before he joined the Nigerian movie industry in 1996. A husband and father, Ohameze has acted many roles and looks forward to continuing his career as prominent actor in the international film industry.

Chineze Anyaene (Director/Producer)

Founder of Xandria Productions and director and producer of “IJÉ: The Journey,” Chineze Anyaene was born and raised in Abuja, Nigeria. She graduated from Regina Pacis College Abuja and later attended University of Abuja. In 2005, Anyene immigrated to Los Angeles, California and began a one year filmmaking program at the New York Film Academy (NYFA). While at NYFA, anyone was recognized for creating an outstanding epic folktale , noted as the best “foreign film” for her graduating class.

Eager to hone her skills in filmmaking and pay homage to her passion for the same, she began work in pursuit of her masters. Chineze stands out as the first student in the history of NYFA to not only make a feature film while in school-“IJÉ: The Journey”-but also to receive a production sponsorship from Kodak. A first-time feature director, her credits include 12 short films, two commercials and one music video.

Paula Moreno (Producer)

Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Paula Moreno has carried a passion for film since the early days for her childhood. At the age of 2, Moreno and her mother immigrated to the United States, putting this young girl on the path to pursing her dreams. Upon graduating from film school, Moreno directed and produced her first film, “Planet Far Away.” With the generation of much critical acclaim and Moreno’s receipt of the Best Written and Best Directed awards for the same in Tokyo, Japan, this short catapulted her onto the international stage. Award winning films “Lost Lives” (short format) and “Maquillaje” (feature-length), also produced by Moreno, followed close behind. In addition to these credits, Moreno has produced 8 commercials and directed 3 of the same, as well as directing and producing several documentaries examining the lives of people on death row in the American justice system.

In 2007 Moreno founded LYD Productions and shortly after joined forces with Chineze anyone to produce -“IJÉ: The Journey”-a merger of Nollywood and Hollywood marking Moreno as the first Hispanic producer to break into the Nigerian filmmaking industry. She is currently working with Vision4Media, as a producer with the conscious filmmaker, and doing what she is best known for: motivating, persuading and provoking transformative thinking in the mind of viewers everywhere.

Keith L. Smith (Director of Photography)

Born in New Orleans, Smith graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1983, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications. In 1989, Smith was accepted in the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI), in Los Angeles, where he earned a Masters of Fine Art Degree. There he received AFI’s 1991 distinguished Remy Martin student scholarship Award.

Smith began his film career as a camera assistant, working for such well known filmmakers as Oliver Stone and Bob Richardson, ASC. He worked with the pair on “JFK, “Heaven and earth.” “Natural Born Killers,” and “Nixon.” On Oliver Stone’s, “Any Given Sunday” he was credited as Additional Director of Photography.

As a cinematographer Keith has worked on variety of projects including the independent film, “play’d” directed by Oz Scoth, which was showcased on VH1 starring Toni Braxton and Faizon Love. Smith has recently completed principle photography on two feature films: “A Good man is hard to find.” A feature length directed by Leslie Smalls and “Mama I want to sing,” a film starring Ciara. The films were funded by Code Black Entertainment and Louisiana Media Services, respectively and released by Fox-Searchlight.

Currently, Smith is focusing himself ona career in Hollywood as a director of photography. His goal I shoot films that inspire and entertain.