Recall that Netflix had earlier acquired exclusive rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut feature “Lion Heart” in September.
This was shortly after the company announced its intention to diversify its content by acquiring and producing more original content from across the world, including Africa.
The global streaming platform has announced that Genevieve’s “Lion Heart” will be available for viewing in January, 2019.
In order to save her father’s ailing bus company, competent but perennially overlooked Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji) must find a way to work alongside feckless uncle Godswill.
Genevieve Nnaji plays the character of Adaeze, a level-headed executive in her father’s bus company, Lionheart Transport. Time and again, Adaeze has proven her keen ability to make a profit and to manage the most heated situations. But when her father (stalwart star Pete Edochie) falls ill, both she and her rival (Kalu Egbui Ikeagwu, boosting the marquee cast) are passed over in favour of Adaeze’s less-than-suave uncle, Godswill (Nkem Owoh, who lights up the screen with his comic presence). Determined to fight her way to the top, but not wanting to go against her father’s wishes, Adaeze feels like the proverbial bus has left the station without her. She must quickly shift gears, however, when she and Godswill discover that Lionheart is running on fumes, financially. Together, the unlikely duo must come together to save the company and their family name.
Sharply and comically observed, Nnaji’s film deals with the everyday sexism that saturates work places everywhere, and captures the delicate balance between honouring one’s family while finding the courage to strike out on one’s own.
“Lion Heart” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and also had a special screening at the Marrakesh Film Festival.
The movie stars Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Steve Eboh, Pete Edochie, Kanayo O Kanayo, Kalu Ikeagwu and many others.
Lionheart” will be available for streaming on Netflix from January 4, 2019.