Netflix Acquires Its First Film From Nigeria, ‘Lionheart’

CREDIT: Lionheart Screengrab

Netflix understands that diversity is where it’s at. Gone are the days of narrow storytelling in which the protagonist and plot have to fit into a certain Hollywood mold. As of late, films are reflecting what society looks like and the streaming behemoth appears to be ahead of that curve.

Deadline reports that Netflix has acquired the world rights to the Nigerian comedy, Lionheart. Written and directed by beloved Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, this marks Netflix’s first film from Nigeria.

Nnaji stars as Adaeze, a business-savvy woman who works alongside her father Chief Ernest Obiagu. However, when he takes ill and is forced to step down Adaeze is shocked to learn her father has left the company to be run by his eccentric and sometimes crass brother, Godswill.

Throughout the film, Adaeze tries to keep her cool amidst rampant sexism occurring in the workplace. Things take an unexpected turn when Adaeze learns the company is drowning in debt and together Adaeze and Godswill devise a plan to save the company.

Staring alongside Nnaji is Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onewenu.

Watch the trailer below:

SOURCE: Vibe – Shenequa Golding