Netflix Picks Up Worldwide Rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ Ahead Of TIFF

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In reports by Variety, Netflix has bought worldwide rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s comedy “Lionheart” on the eve of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is the first Netflix Original to come out of Nigeria’s growing movie industry.

‘Lionheart’ will premiere today at the Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) with major cast that include Genevieve Nnaji, Peter Okoye, Nkem Owoh and Onyeka Onwenu in attendance.

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Here’s the full synopsis via Netflix:

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. 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.

The film’s screenplay was writeen by Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, and C.J. Obasi.



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