On January 4, Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart premiered on Netflix and Nigerians were hyped seeing how it is the first Nigerian original film on the platform.
Thankfully, the film lived up to the hype as Nigerians haven’t stopped talking about it since its premiere on Friday. Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart follows the industrious Ada who must work with her uncle to save her father’s legacy and transport company in less than one month. Although controversy trailed the film’s cinema run in Nigeria, most people patiently waited for its Netflix debut so they could watch from the comfort of their homes.
The film boasted of a solid cast of Nollywood icons like Pete Edochie, Kanayo O Kanayo, Nkem Owoh and Onyeka Onwenu. Top music acts, Peter Okoye and Phyno also made their acting debut in the film. Impressed with Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, Nigerians have praised the film’s stunning portrayal of Eastern Nigeria and its rich cultural heritage. On the other hand, people have also criticised the film for having loopholes surrounding the auditors and the main subject of the film.
Regardless, most fans of the movies are praising Pete Edochie’s performance, especially when he delivered the best line from the film, “You are the pendulum of my life. If you stop swinging, then I am done. If you’ve yet to see the film, check out how to sign up for Netflix right here.
That part where Genevieve stood up from Arinze’s couch, came to her senses and just quickly started going home 😂😂😂😂. Lmao ladies can we relate or nah?
— Abike (@Jollz) January 6, 2019
Need Onyeka Onwenu to help fix my posture lol (Don't slouch!)
— Petty (@malikah_maryam) January 5, 2019
I don’t think a Nigerian film has ever made me cry, but that “pendulum of my life” scene from Lionheart got me.
— Big Font Energy (@NerdEfiko) January 6, 2019
Maybe overly critical, but I'm not sure I saw anything exceptional in #Lionheart. Little creativity or complexity in the plot.
— Shore boy (@ikennakris) January 2, 2019
I’m sorry even the deep love I have for Genevieve will not allow me celebrate a mediocre movie.
With the access that movie had, the output is frankly a shame.
— Moe (@Mochievous) January 5, 2019
#lionheartthemovie a beautiful story devoid of the razzmatazz of EL, nicely crafted with handpicked sceneries of Enugu and Kano leaving an indelible taste of unity between 2 major tribes yet promoting the formidable Igbo tribe. Proudly Igbo
— S.H.A.N.I.Q.U.A (@sassynjazzy) January 3, 2019
My favourite scene in Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart is the dining scene. Everybody speaking Igbo without any form of transliteration is both aesthetically and auditory beautiful.💓#lionheartthemovie
— Nwa_Mummy💗 (@eke_fachi) January 4, 2019
#LionHeartTheMovie shows that it is perfectly right for the girl-child to lead and run family-owned businesses. As a father to two kids – both girls. This lesson is one I wholeheartedly endorse. Thanks @GenevieveNnaji1 for such an excellent movie. Yagazie o!! pic.twitter.com/7U693l0cWO
— Ifeanyi Nsofor (@ekemma) January 4, 2019
Genevieve : How's aunty and the kids
Nkem owoh: They're all laughing.
— Adenrele brand (@A_denrele) January 4, 2019
#LionHeartTheMovie be making me so happy.
Everybody brought their A game👌
With a strong positive female lead.🤗
Enugu and Kano were beautifully showcased ❤️
This is a step in the right direction. Hoping we can build from this.#LionHeart ❤️😍🤗
— Oluchi (@ooluchiii) January 4, 2019
#LionHeartTheMovie thought provoking, inspiring, Simple and beautiful. Bridging the gap, fighting against the odds, taking on big burdens and challenges and coming out stronger… loved every bit of it!
— Mz Bellum (@enoeby) January 4, 2019
I wish I was more blown away by Lionheart. It was lovely and many of the actors gave outstanding performances – Pete Edochie, Onyenka Onwenu, Nkem Owoh. But there was a certain energy that was missing. Also Ada and Hamza – zero chemistry. It was OK. A lovely, sentimental watch.
— Arit Okpo (@menoword) January 4, 2019
“Your continued stay is an extension of ur irrelevance”- Pete Edochie. This is my new catch phrase 😂 #LionHeart
— Lulu (@LaBella__Lu) January 4, 2019
I think Pete Edochie’s mastery of the English language is often underrated. His mastery of Igbo is on a different level.
— Nwakibeya (@Dikachim) January 5, 2019
That part Genevieve attempted to harmonise with Peter Okoye, I was like "sis we forgot please don't rehash old wounds"
— Black Water (@shemmaye) January 5, 2019