Veteran Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji’s first film as a director, “Lionheart”, is set to premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 6 to September 16.
Written by C.J. Fiery Obasi, with screenplay by Ishaya Bako and Emil Garuba, the movie is executive produced by The Entertainment Network (TEN), founded in partnership with Chinny Onwugbenu.
Genevieve Nnaji‘s “Lionheart” follows Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji) who is a smart executive in her father’s transport company, Lionheart Transport. But, when her father becomes indisposed, her crude and uneducated uncle was picked to manage the affairs of the fledgling company, much to her chagrin and indignation.
However, when she and Uncle Godswill discovered that Lionheart is running on fumes, the strange bedfellows had to find a way to work together in order to save the company and their family name.
The film mirrors the daily sexism and misogyny women face in the workplace and tries to captures the delicate balance between honoring one’s family while finding the gut to challenge stereotypes.
The casts include Chika Okpala, Steve Eboh, Pete Edochie, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Onyeka Onwenu, Nkem Owoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, as well as talented Nigerian rapper and singer, Chibuzor Azubuike (Phyno) and Peter Okoye (Mr P).