Netflix released its first Nigerian original film Lionheart today. It is the story of Adaeze (Genevieve Nnaji), whose father Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie) owns a transport company, Lionheart, in Nigeria. He is extremely proud of his daughter Adaeze. Ernest gets a heart attack one day and is advised bed rest. In his absence, he appoints his brother Chief Godswill (Nkem Owoh) as the leader, much to Adaeze’s dismay. Her brother is a musician, something that doesn’t seem to go down well with the father.
One day, some external auditors pop in at their office, telling Adaeze that the company owes them 950 million Naira that her father had once borrowed to buy 100 luxury buses. It was now time to pay up. Adaeze and her uncle, determined to salvage the situation, and do all they can, go to various banks, requesting them to extend their loan period, but are shown the door. No one is willing to even give them a loan, because they are well aware of them owing a large sum of money already.
The owner of a rival company comes to their office, offering to buy Lionheart for 3 billion Naira, which Adaeze and her uncle refuse. They are given 10 days by the board members to think about his offer or arrange the money to pay off the loan. Adaeze even goes to a guy she knows, who offers to pay her 500 thousand Naira, but a queasy Adaeze walks out of his house. While this is happening, her uncle, in another corner of the house, saves a guy from getting scammed.
One morning, Adaeze overhears a woman speaking to a guy at a bus stop, telling him that she wants to stopover at a place where they usually don’t halt. He declines. Adaeze gets an idea for saving Lionheart. What she and her uncle do next, is nothing short of amazing.
What’s WOW: The family members share a beautiful bond, replete with dinner table banter and love interspersed with arguments.
Adaeza and her uncle’s determination is infectious.
It beautifully shows that elders have years of experience, that younger people will take years to garner.
It is heartening to see the family finding humour even during moments of sadness.
What’s Blah: Thinking hard to come up with something.
Parting Shot: A film worth your time.
Cast and Crew
Cast:Genevieve Nnaji (Adaeze Obiagu), Nkem Owoh (Chief Godswill), Pete Edochie (Ernest Obiagu), Onyeka Onwenu (Abigail Obiagu), Kanayo O. Kanayo (Igwe Pascal)
Director: Genevieve Nnaji
Producers: Chi Chi Nwoko, Oliver Aleogena
Writers: Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu, Ishaya Bako, Emil Garba, C.J. Obasi
The film is streaming on Netflix now