Nigerian Comedy ‘Lionheart’ picked up by Netflix to be its first Original from Nigeria
After receiving an overwhelming response for its recently premiered India Original Sacred Games, Netflix is feeling confident enough to venture into other untapped markets in the world. The latest update on its plans to strengthen its content portfolio is that the streaming media giant has just acquired the worldwide rights to the forthcoming Nigerian dramedy Lionheart, ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival today. MPM Premium is said to be behind brokering the international rights deal for Netflix.
Starring seasoned Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji alongside Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu, Lionheart will be the first Netflix Original to come out of Nigeria’s film industry. Netflix has released the first poster for the film, along with the full synopsis shared below.
“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.”
Apart from playing the lead, Genevieve Nnaji, who won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, becoming the first actress to walk away with the trophy, also marks her directorial debut with Lionheart. The film has been written by Chinny Onwugbenu, Nnaji, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba and C.J. Obasi. It has been bankrolled by T.E.N. – The Entertainment Network. We hope Netflix wins the jackpot with its first Nigerian Original scheduled to premiere very soon.