Lionheart (2018 film)

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Lionheart 2018 poster.jpg
Directed byGenevieve Nnaji
Produced byChinny Onwugbenu
Written byGenevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, C. J. Obasi
StarringGenevieve Nnaji
Nkem Owoh
Pete Edochie
Onyeka Onwenu
Kanayo O. Kanayo
Music byKulanen Ikyo[1]
CinematographyYinka Edward
Edited byGeorge Cragg
The Entertainment Network (T.E.N)
Distributed byNetflix
MPM Premium
Release date
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Running time
95 minutes
LanguageEnglish, Igbo

Lionheart is a 2018 Nigerian movie produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. It stars Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, and Nkem Owoh. It was acquired by Netflix on 7 September 2018,[2] making it the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.[3] Lionheart premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4] The movie was Nnaji's directorial debut[5] as well as Peter Okoye's acting debut.[6]


Lionheart tells the story of Adaeze Obiagu (portrayed by Nnaji), who wants to substitute for her father, Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), when he can no longer run his company due to health issues. Her father however asks his brother Godswill (Nkem Owoh) to substitute for him, and Godswill and Adaeze have to work hard together to save the company from a huge debt and to not lose the company to the businessman Igwe Pascal (Kanayo O. Kanayo).



This movie was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu for MPM Premium in association with the Entertainment Network. Netflix acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the movie on the 7th of September 2018, a day before its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[7][8][9]

Critical Reception[edit]

Lionheart, the movie, has received favorable reviews from many audiences and channels. Nollywood Reinvented mentions that the film "works because it’s heartfelt. It works because it is “feel-good”. It’s not because it is uber original or overly suspenseful."[10] and rates the movie at 61%.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Augoye, Jayne (12 September 2018). "Netflix acquires Genevieve's 'Lion Heart'". Premium Times. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ Akinyoade, Akinwale (12 September 2018). "Watch: Genevieve Nnaji Talks About Her New Movie "Lion Heart"". Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
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  5. ^ Bamas, Victoria (23 August 2018). "Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut "Lion Heart" to premiere in Toronto". Daily Trust. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ Reporter (1 September 2018). "Peter Okoye makes acting debut in Lionheart". The Nation. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  7. ^ Ndeche, Chidirim (9 September 2018). "Netflix Buys Genevieve Nnaji's "Lionheart" Before Premiere". Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ Obioha, Vanessa (14 September 2018). "Dissecting Genevieve's Netflix 'Lionheart' Deal". ThisDay. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  9. ^ Ojekunle, Aderemi (10 September 2018). "Genevieve Nnaji's comedy "Lionheart" is Netflix's first original film from Nigeria". Pulse. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Lionheart Review". Nollywood Reinvented.