Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lion Heart’ submitted for an Oscar

Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lion Heart' submitted for an Oscar

Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, Lion Heart has been submitted for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category for the 2020 Oscars.

Last year in September, Netflix picked up the movie, making it the first Netflix original film to come out of Nigeria’s colossal film industry.

The submission makes the movie Nigeria’s first-ever entry to the Oscars according to Screen.

Nigeria’s Nollywood is the second biggest film industry in Africa, producing at least 50 films per week.

Although the country set up the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee back in 2014, the committee has reportedly not been able but to find a film meeting the selection criteria until now.

Lion Heart stars Nnaji in the lead role as she performs alongside Nkem OwohPete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu.

The film tells the story of Adaeze, a young woman who steps up to the challenge of running the family business with her uncle after her father experiences some health issues.

Adaeze then tries to juggle both her family and thriving career amidst rampant sexism in the workplace and attempts to save the business from financial ruin.

In an effort to be more representative, the Oscars did away with the “Best Foreign Language Film”, citing that it was outdated, and changed it to “Best International Feature Film” in April of this year.

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Watch the trailer for Lion Heart below:


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