With the film festival fare and goodwill that Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut Lionheart has enjoyed, streaming powerhouse Netflix has announced the films and TV shows coming to its platform in January. As such, Lionheart, which was picked up by Netflix in a global rights deal back in September, will be available for streaming on January 4, 2019.
Many first-time directors are known for starring in their projects and in Lionheart, Nnaji plays Adaeze, a level-headed executive in her father’s bus company. Per the plot synopsis, Adaeze has proven her keen ability to make a profit and to manage the most heated situations. But when her father (Nollywood stalwart Pete Edochie) falls ill, both she and her rival (Kalu Ikeagwu, boosting the marquee cast) are passed over in favour of Adaeze’s less-than-suave uncle, Godswill, who is comically played by Nkem Owoh.
Determined to fight her way to the top but not wanting to go against her father’s wishes, Adaeze feels like the proverbial bus has left the station without her. She must quickly shift gears, however, when she and Godswill discover that Lionheart is financially running out of fumes, together, the unlikely duo must unite to save the company and their family name.
Another African content we are excited about, and coming to Netflix, is Black Earth Rising, starring Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel who plays a lead role. Black Earth Rising is an eight-part drama in collaboration with the BBC, and the trailer is somewhat dark and bears down with gravitas. The show will be available on Netflix on January 25, 2019.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies and reading comics and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.