Big break for Nollywood as Netflix acquires Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’

International film company Netflix has acquired world rights to its first Nigerian film. 

The company annouced that it bought rights to ‘Lionheart’ – a Nigerian comedy directed by Genevieve Nnaji. This comes  prior to its Toronto premiere tomorrow. 

‘Lionheart’ is Genevieve Nnaji’s  the directorial debut starring veteran comedian, Nkem Owoh alongside  Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu and Genevieve Nnaji.

The movie is about a lady, Adaeze,  who is running a company in a male-dominated industry and looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results. 

‘Lionheart’ also touches on everyday sexism that saturates the workplace, as well as the delicate balance between honoring one’s family while finding the courage to strike out on one’s own.

Script was written by Chinny Onwugbenu, Genevieve Nnaji, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, and C.J. Obasi. The film is produced by T.E.N. – The Entertainment Network. MPM Premium brokered the international rights deal.


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