Lionheart (2018 film)
|Directed by||Genevieve Nnaji|
|Produced by||Chinny Onwugbenu|
|Written by||Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garuba, C. J. Obasi|
Kanayo O. Kanayo
|Music by||Kulanen Ikyo|
|Edited by||George Cragg|
The Entertainment Network (T.E.N)
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, making it the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria. Lionheart premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The movie was Nnaji's directorial debut as well as Peter Okoye's acting debut.
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).
- Genevieve Nnaji as Adaeze Obiagu
- Nkem Owoh as Chief Godswill Obiagu
- Pete Edochie as Chief Ernest Obiagu
- Onyeka Onwenu as Abigail Obiagu
- Kanayo O. Kanayo as Igwe Pascal
- Kalu Ikeagwu as Samuel Akah
- Jemima Osunde as Onyinye
- Sani Muazu as Alhaji Danladi Maikano
- Chibuzo Azubuike (also known as Phyno) as Obiora Obiagu.
- Yakubu Mohammed as Hamza Maikano
- Peter Okoye as Arinze
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.
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." and rates the movie at 61%.
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