A plus for African film industry as Netflix buys Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji’s movie

Nigerian Actress Genevieve Nnaji./PHOTO COURTESY

Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, has gotten a boost after Netflix, an American over-the-top media services provider, bought a movie directed by Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji.

The movie, ‘Lion Heart’ is directed by Genevieve and also features her as the main act.

Nnaji, a household name, debuted the film last Friday, with the big Netflix news accompanying it, at the International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

The mother of one started acting at the age of 8 in the then popular television soap opera, Ripples age, and was introduced into the growing Nigerian film industry at the age of 19 in a movie called ‘Most Wanted’.

She went on to star in movies like Women Affairs, Blood Sisters, Bursting Out and many others with popular actors and actresses like Patience Ozokwor.

She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, making her the first actress to win the award.

Other popular actors in the film are Nkem Owoh also commonly know as Osuofia, Pete Edochie and Kanayo Okanayo and features artists like Phyno and Peter Okoye from Psquare.