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Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Itene stars in Hollywood’s thriller, Chase


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This is good news. Nigerian-born actress, Oghenekaro Itene, continues the pursuit of her Hollywood dream in Chase, in which she plays the role of Jayla.

Written, directed and co-produced by Michael Matteo Rossi, the movie is about a hit man who must prove his loyalty to his mentor and best friend, while his girlfriend wants to leave the business.

No doubt, Oghenekaro, who is easily remembered for her role in Esohe, an epic served in a cocktail of the rich tradition of Bini Kingdom, a collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood, is steadily inching her way to her dream of becoming one of the better-known talents out of Africa plying her trade in Hollywood.


Rossi already has a feature, Sable, and several shorts to his credit. His latest film, which showcases Oghenekaro, would be in the cinemas soon.

The main Hollywood stellar cast features names, such as Damien Puckler, who plays the hit man.

Others include Jessica Morris, Aries Spears, Richard riehle, Devanny Pinn and Simeon Panda.

Promoters of the movie have promised moviegoers ‘to see a lot of action, where Puckler, a known martial arts expert, is in the mix.’

According to the director: “Puckler can be devastatingly exciting and create lots of anxious moments for the audience.”

Speaking on the movie, Rossi said: “Chase really is a roller coaster of a ride. I feel there’s a lot of stinging emotion mixed with some action and a lot of unique kills from our lead hit man.

“It will definitely be a bloody journey for the characters involved that the audience will be invested in.”

A busy filmmaker, Rossi wrote the screenplay for Chase and produced alongside Katrina Y. Nelson and Jane Badler.

Chase brings Oghenekaro up to speed in the creative world and everything appears to be happening fast for her. One moment, she was a make-up artiste, working behind the scene in moviedom.

Driven by the urge to succeed beyond the shores of Nigeria, Oghenekaro left for South Africa to set up shop, serving the movie and music video industry as a make up artiste.

She also did some acting jobs on the side. But now, Hollywood is ready for her.

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