NOLLYWOOD STAR GENEVIEVE NNAJI'S MOVIE GOES TO OSCAR - Paul Ukpabio's Blog

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Friday, 4 October 2019

NOLLYWOOD STAR GENEVIEVE NNAJI'S MOVIE GOES TO OSCAR


Nollywood golden girl, Genevieve Nnaji is currently rocking the movie world and getting all the attention with her movie ‘The Lionheart.’ The latest we hear is that she will be hitting the Oscars with her movie.

Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) has selected ‘LionHeart’, a film co-produced and directed by the veteran Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, as the country’s submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars. The announcement came yesterday after the Committee allowed statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora.
It will be recalled that the ‘Lionheart’ was premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and was subsequently acquired on September 7, 2018, as first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.

The film which is produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, Chichi Nwoko, Genevieve Nnaji, and directed by Genevieve Nnaji, the ‘Lionheart’ stars Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Chika Okpala, Kalu Ikeagwu, Sanni Mu’azu, Yakubu Mohammed, Ngozi Ezeonu, Peter Okoye (P-Square) and Chibuzor Azubuike (Phyno).

Genevieve Nnaji’s movie was released worldwide on January 4, 2019 following a December 2018 theatrical release in Nigeria.

The movie tells the story of a young woman, Adaeze Obiagu (Genevieve Nnaji), who becomes saddled with the responsibility of running her sick father’s business under the suffocating supervision of an uncle, played by Nkem Owoh.

Adaeze’s competing business instincts and family obligations become a catalyst for drastic change not everyone is ready to embrace. The film’s rise to fame Since the inauguration of the NOSC in 2014, this would be the first time Nigeria is advancing a film to the Oscar, as previous entries received by the committee did not meet basic criteria.

 

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