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Genevieve Nnaji is creating “movies by us, for us”! WATCH her share the Inspiration behind Directorial Debut “Lionheart”



Nollywood writer/director Genevieve Nnaji (LIONHEART) discusses the endless tales Nigerians and Africans have to tell, and the importance of telling these stories.

The directorial debut of one of Africa’s biggest screen stars, Lionheart shows Nigeria’s Genevieve Nnaji taking full creative control of the kind of empowering story that endeared her to Nollywood audiences all over the world.

The director and co-writer also stars in the film as Adaeze, a savvy businesswoman who is itching to take over the reins of her father’s transport enterprise. Blinded by sexism, Dad favors his son for the top job, forcing Adaeze to work even harder to realize her ambition without seeming to go against her father’s wishes; but when she discovers that the family company has a faulty financial foundation, she is finally compelled to take the driver’s seat.

Fresh from its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Genevieve Nnaji’s vibrant and engaging drama evokes both King Lear and 9 to 5.

Watch below.


  1. sweets

    October 12, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Genny a moving force to reckon with.She’s doing us proud and yeah are we proud..Go girl the sky is just your beginning..Go girl…Black girl power ….

  2. Awesome

    October 12, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I feel like watching over and over again… This is Awesome… So, sublime

  3. Ephi

    October 12, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Well done Genevieve! Keep the fire burning.

  4. nikky

    October 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I saw this movie at TIFF and it was amazing. Such a simple story and beautifully told. i was not cringing at any part like when i saw the wedding party.

  5. Ekoatheist

    October 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    This movie was directed my Yinka Edwards and written by C Obasi. Those way sabi, sabi.

    • yes maam

      October 14, 2018 at 7:45 am

      be careful, they will call you a hater 🙂 but yes, those of us who know, know

    • TheRealist

      October 15, 2018 at 7:09 am

      Was wondering when you would show up…lol!

      Frankly, if you put this much energy, diligence and effort into something more productive, perhaps you might one day be as acknowledged and celebrated as you-know-who.

    • yes maam

      October 15, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      we are here. we are your worst nightmare. you may steal. but you wont get away with it. we shall show up. Or you can do better. your choice.

  6. sinach

    October 24, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    They can say whatever they want against genevieve. The fact is that they can’t be heard even in their so called careers.

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