Netflix’s Nollywood ‘Lionheart’ Shows A Blurred View of The Hardships of Upholding a Company


The movie cover for Netflix’s first Nigerian film.

Niesha Patterson

Netflix’s first Nollywood film “Lionheart” is a very inspirational movie, but the way the film was shown and the plot of the film simply made it sub-par. Genevieve Nnaji starring as Adaeze Obaigu attempts to prove her worth in a male dominating world by facing off with her father’s transportation company Lionheart. After her father gets sick, he sends his brother Godswill, played by Nkem Owoh, to look over Adaeze. But with a billion dollars worth of loans standing firm and tall in their way, they have to make a compromise to not only pay it off but to save the company’s existence.

But what was this plot really about? According to Netflix’s description, it says “[to] prove herself in a male-dominated world.” Yet there wasn’t a consistent or obvious pathway to show her growth in the dominance of the company as she was already dominant. The movie shows the uncle being the threat of her success, but her  father’s intentions were to have someone to simply look over Adaeze so what type of threat is he? From the beginning of the film, she was known for her hard work amongst her peers and her own father. From both sexes, nobody underestimated her abilities other than herself. So how could she grow past the glass ceiling when she is already on the top?

The movie cover for Netflix’s first Nigerian film.


Although there were some degrading moments in the film that really do shed light on the position that men consider women to be in, I wouldn’t say that is the main premise of the film. A common word that was said throughout the film was family. The company has a legacy of a family involved and who helped her out in the movie? FAMILY.

But Netflix skews the core theme of the movie to get more clicks from the female demographic and for their own gain. In no way was Netflix originally apart of the making of the film, it was all of the work of Nnaji. But when Netflix sees a way to increase their demographic of females and Africans, there’s no doubt that money wasn’t the first thought they had.

Now, a few giggles were made and the acting was decent. But from the get-go, the way the movie was presented to the public eye leaves me confused about the purpose of watching the movie. Was it to show the strength in women breaking the glass ceiling or was it to show conquering difficulties with hope and family?