Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ Makes Its Cinema Debut At Nigerian Cinemas Despite Distribution Controversy

Three months after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart movie made its first appearance at Nigerian cinemas. A private screening attended by a few celebrities was held at the Silverbird Cinemas.

We were excited when Netflix announced the acquisition of its first original Nollywood movie, Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, Lionheart. However, the journey has not been all smooth for this movie’s debut in Nigerian cinemas.


According to, the CEO of Life House, Ugoma Adegoke accused FilmOne of refusing to distribute the movie because “they don’t have any stake in it“.

The report also alleged that distribution company tampers with box office numbers of some of the movies they produce.

Speaking to The Premium Times, the chairman of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria, Patrick Lee, stated that Genevieve’s team did not adhere to the processes involving in getting a movie to the cinemas in Nigeria.

He also claimed that slots for movies currently showing at the cinemas have been distributed earlier in the year.

Following the private screening on December 21, Genevieve announced that the film will finally screen at selected cinemas.