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Netflix acquires Genevieve Nnaji’s Nigerian Movie ‘Lionheart’ ??



According to reports from, Netflix has acquired world rights to Nigerian actress and producer Genevieve Nnaji‘s anticipated movie Lionheart, prior to its Toronto premiere tomorrow.

Click here if you missed the BellaNaija Scoop on ‘Lionheart’ at TIFF.

Lionheart, which will premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), stars Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kalu Ikeagwu, Peter “Mr. P” Okoye and more, and this would be Genevieve’s directorial debut.

The movie follows Genevieve who plays 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 falls ill, both her and her rival are passed over in favor of Adaeze’s less-than-suave uncle, Godswill.

“Lionheart” marks the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.


  1. Ceejay

    September 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    accolades is deserved

    • Fleur

      September 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Nice one Netflix, even though I have not watched it.

  2. Baybie

    September 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Superb! Keep doing your thing lady

  3. GYOnlineNG.COM

    September 7, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Respect to Genny..

  4. Ijele

    September 7, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    So many stupid movies on netflix though.

    • Dayo

      September 8, 2018 at 1:17 am

      @ijele, is your own there?

    • Californiabawlar

      September 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      So many awesome movies on Netflix too ??‍♀️ Don’t be a hater ?

      I hope they didn’t lowball her, a la Monique.

  5. Olamilekan Sulaimon

    September 7, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    amazing success

  6. Hanee

    September 8, 2018 at 12:53 am

    When is it gonna be available on Netflix ?

  7. Nnenne

    September 8, 2018 at 2:42 am

    That’s where I watched her last movie.
    Will definitely watch.

  8. ifesinachi

    September 8, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Hmmmmm. Something is happening ooooo. Genny kept to her promise on reinventing nollywood. Its happening in our very eyes.

  9. ifesinachi

    September 8, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Just at the eve of Lionheart premiere at tiff and this happened. This is success in a different colours.

  10. Awesome

    September 8, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Chai! I can’t keep calm oooo…. GENNY has broken the ceiling and escaped from the room ???
    God! I didn’t see this coming…. This is HUGE eee!! The First of it’s kind in Nollywood!!!

  11. Dust

    September 8, 2018 at 7:52 am

    so what’s in it for Genevieve?
    How much will go to Genevieve?
    How many Nigerians or Nigerian-Americans currently work at netflix?
    How many Nigerians will benefit FINANCIALLY from it been on netflix?

    • Mrs chidukane

      September 8, 2018 at 10:18 am

      @Dust, to acquire means to buy. So I don’t understand it when you ask what is in it for Genevieve. I also don’t get why you’re asking if Nigerians will benefit financially from the movie being on Netflix. Did Nigerians fund the movie? What is our own? Congratulate Genny and move on. Stop with the pointless questions abeg.

    • Rick

      September 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Isn’t that why he/she/it is called dust? What did you expect from dust? As in SAWDUST! Ngwanu!

  12. For real

    September 8, 2018 at 8:18 am

    First of all, its nobody’s business how much she gets for it. Secondly, why do Nigerians have to benefit from it? Are you kidding me? The same Nigerians who take the hard labour of actors and producers, shunning copy right to copy movies into cd at Onitsha and sell, causing most Nollywood movies to run at a loss. Most ridiculous comment, if you were in her shoes you won’t type this pointless comment.


    September 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Congrats to the team and to Ms. Nnaji on this feat!

  14. Anya21

    September 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Funa Maduka, Global buyer for Netflix and Genny are best friends. I think we all knew Gennys film will go on Netflix. Make good friends who will support your career. Congrats Genny.

  15. Isaobi

    September 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Congrats to Genevieve for further raising the bar for the Nollywood. Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 was the first home made Nigerian movie to grace Netflix platform but Genevieve’s Lionheart movie is first Netflix original film from Nollywood, with World rights. Thank you, Genevieve for opening another door.

  16. Chyke

    September 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    This maam fellow that’s been trolling Genevieve’s posts with so much negativity and pull her down syndrome must be living a very bitter life.

    Don’t people get fired on all walks of life? Didn’t they all negotiate before participating in the film?
    When did she fail to show up on set?

    Madam/oga please take several seats. It’s no one’s fault that your rivals have all gone ahead of you

  17. hotchick

    September 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Congrats to Genevieve! Although Netflix has licensed other Nollywood films, this is the first “Netflix Original.” I suspect that more “Netflix Original Nollywood films” would follow.

    Now, my 2 cents:

    1. If you want credits, royalties, or ancillary benefits from a body of work, put everything in writing, sign and have the other party sign it.

    2. Please ask for and keep your copy safe. Also, if the contract allows for changes, or, there are significant deviations, then, document ALL changes or deviations, sign and have the other party/parties to the contract sign.

    3. That contract should include all important terms, or your compromise terms. When I say terms, please think whole cycle of the body of work, and the future — don’t be shortsighted. However, if it doesn’t work for you and you cannot find a middle ground, don’t sign and walk away.

    4. If there is a breach of contract, no one would tell you what to do. It would be black and white, or as close to black and white as can be.

    I am waiting for this feem (not a typo:-)) on Netflix.

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