Netflix Acquires Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ in Worldwide Deal

TIFF 2018: Nigerian film star marks her directorial debut with family business comedy

Last Updated: September 7, 2018 @ 1:18 PM

Netflix has acquired the rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” out of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The global rights deal comes ahead of the film’s Saturday premiere.

Nnaji, a notable Nigerian film star, plays an enterprising daughter competing with her crude and eccentric uncle to control her family business when her father falls ill.

The film was produced by The Entertainment Network. The sale was brokered by MPM Premium, and represents the first ever Nigerian sale to Netflix.

The full “Lionheart” synopsis:

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.