It’s no doubt that Nigerian Actress ‘Genevieve Nnaji’ serves as a role model in the entertainment industry especially in the movie sector and of late she has been making Nigeria proud with her fierce and groundbreaking penetration into the international scene.
in September 2018, Lion heart became the first Nollywood movie picked up my Netflix making it the first original Netflix film to come out of Nigeria’s colossal movie industry. More recently, the film has now been submitted to the Oscars in the “Best International Feature Film” category of the 2020 edition of Oscar Awards, yet again becoming the first Nigeria film to ever make an entry to the infamous Oscars.
Genevieve reacted to this saying:
“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen @lionheartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film! This is the first entry ever for Nigeria. It’s an honour to be a part of such a pivotal moment in the history of Nigerian cinema. A moment we know will be replicated as our stories continue to resonate with audiences around the world. On behalf of the entire LIONHEART team and TEN Productions, we are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far. “
In the year 2009, Nollywood surpassed Hollywood as the world’s second-largest movie industry by volume producing 50 movies per week, right behind India’s Bollywood. And in 2014, the Nigerian government released data for the first time showing Nollywood is a $3.3 billion sector, with 1844 movies produced in 2013 alone.
Although the Oscars 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 with ‘Lion Heart’
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.
The Oscars however, did away with the “Best Foreign Language Film”, citing that it was outdated, and replaced it with the “Best International Feature Film” in April of this year 2019.