If there is any doubt that a brand new Nollywood is rising out of the ashes, another world-class naija film is coming up to drive home the point. This time, it's Hollywood star Caroline Chikezie herself (Aeon Flux, Eragon, etc), coming closer home to play the lead role in Nigerian movie musical "Inale". (continues below... )
The movie, directed by Jeta Amata is based on an age-old Idoma folktale -- a tale of enchantment, courage, and the test of true love, in the quest to restore peace between two warring communities.
The flick's star-studded cast include Hakeem Kae-Kazim who plays Inale's love interest Odeh, who must win a wrestling tournament for her hand, as well as Ini Edo-Ehiagwina, Dede Mabiaku, Keppy Ekpenyong and singer Omawumi.
Its soundtrack includes songs by Bongos Ikwue(!). According to the filmmakers, Inale is the first-ever Nigerian movie musical shot in celluloid.
This is definitely a big thumbs-up to Nollywood, and to Caroline, for helping boost the local content.