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Lionheart: A Nigerian Netflix Original

Netflix’s first Nigerian film is special, not only as an African film on a large international platform, but also as the first film that Genevieve Nnaji has directed. Nnaji who has over 100 movies under her belt, also stars in “Lionheart” as the film’s protagonist, Adaeze. Netflix acquired the film a day before it screened for the first time, at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2018. Overall, it can be described as a dramedy (drama-comedy) with family-friendly moments of comedy when characters attempt to overcome hardships.

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Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji) steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints her crude and eccentric uncle, Godswill (Nkem Owoh), to run the company with Adaeze. 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 movie can be streamed on Netflix here.

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