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Netflix buys Nigerian movie “Lionheart”, produced and directed by Nollywood legend Genevieve Nnaji

American global streaming giant, Netflix has purchased the worldwide rights for “Lionheart” a movie directed and produced by Nollywood legend, Genevieve Nnaji.

The acquisition is part of Neftlix $8 billion project see more African movies on its platform. “Lionheart” is a Nigerian comedy movie starring famous Nigerian stars such as Genevieve Nnaji (known in Cameroon as Sharon Stone), Nkem Owoh (aka Ukwa), and Pete Edochie (aka Don Pedro). It is directed and produced by Genevieve Nnaji.

Genevieve Nnaji and Nkem Owoh caste in Lionheart

Speaking to WomanHollywood about Lionheart, Genevieve describes the movie as “an inspiring drama about family values, succession, and most importantly, female empowerment. It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries”.

“I want people to reflect on the endless possibilities of growth and success that come with men and women, the old and the young, working together: a world where insecurities are tackled and equality is encouraged. We need to be more open and accepting of competition instead of feeling threatened by it” she added.

Viewers around the world are waiting for the official launch of the movie, which according to BBC has taken Nollywood the western audience.

Genevieve started her career aged 8 in the operte Ripples. She featured in her first blockbuster, “Most Wanted” aged 19. Her authentic performance in “Death Warrant”, “Sharon Stone” and “Power of Love”, made her the face of Nollywood and a role model for several young actresses.

She announced in 2014 her intentions to become a director and producer. In 2015, she produced “Road to Yesterday” which won her the Best Movie Overall-West Africa by the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

 

Watch the trailer for “Lionheart”

 

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