When it comes to movie production in Africa, the Nigerian film industry popularly known as the Nollywood as cut a remarkable niche with more quality works produced each year. That level has been carried on by the veteran actress turned director Genevieve Nnaji.
Her directorial debut titled ‘Lionheart’ has been acquired by streaming giant, Netflix, which means the film gets to be distributed to millions of viewers across the globe. It’s great news for the film industry and for Genevieve as by so doing, she had struck a deal that has made her film the first Nigerian original production be acquired Netflix. Hence, she has just set a new record and raised the bar for the industry and the rest of the filmmakers on the continent.
‘Lionheart’ follows a fascinating storyline around family, business and sexism. Adaeze Obiagu (played by Genevieve Nnaji) was in the right position to take over her father’s Chief Ernest Obiagu (played by Pete Edochie) transportation business, but for some reason, the father handed that right to his troublesome uncle, Godswill (played by Nkem Owoh).
The film was screened exclusively on September 8 at the Toronto International Film festival alongside other African productions such as Sew the Winter to my Skin, aKasha, Fig Tree, Rafiki, Look at Me, The Ambassador’s Wife and more. Genevieve co-wrote the screenplay together with Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, Chinny Onwugbenu and C.J. Obasi.
If you have seen ‘Lionheart’ yet, catch a glimpse of what to expect below:
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