Directed by Genevieve Nnaji
Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji steps behind the camera for her directorial debut, Lionheart, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.
|Genevieve Nnaji in Lionheart - image courtesy of TIFF|
Genevieve plays Adaeze, the good daughter. She's clearly Dad's favourite employee - serious, dedicated, and disciplined. So she's all the more surprised and disappointed when dear old Dad names his seemingly sketchy brother Godswill - played with comic relish by Nkem Owoh - to take his place.
|Nkem Owoh & Genevieve Nnaji in Lionheart - image courtesy of TIFF|
Genevieve has been working in Nigeria's film industry since the age of 8, and the movie, which is co-wrote, served as executive producer, stars in, and directs, is pure Nollywood.
- Are there wise parents and loving daughters? - Check
- Is there at least one big family dinner at a table laden with Nigerian food? - Check
- Are there Naija Dad jokes? - Check
- Will we see beautifully dressed, made-up, and bejewelled women in lavish interiors? - Check
The dialogue is in English and Igbo, and the blend of drama and comedy will please Nollywood fans the world over.
Nnaji is a superstar in her native Nigeria, not only a star of about 100 Nollywood movies and TV shows, but also a model, singer, and business woman. She's taken charge of her career in a way that few women have in Nollywood, and she's set her sights high up the food chain.
|Genevieve Nnaji, Peter Edochie & Nkem Owoh in Lionheart - image courtesy of TIFF|
Check it out on Netflix soon.