Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji got $3.2 million for her movie on Netflix

Genevieve Nnaji, the actress turned director took to her Instagram on January 3 to announce that the movie, Lionheart was finally showing on Netflix just a few months after American over-the-top media service provider, Netflix, announced that it had acquired the movie, its first African original movie directed by Nigerian actress.

 

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Prior to its debut on Netflix, the movie has experienced a warm reception in Nigeria for the many who saw it in the cinemas during its tour. Several fans outside Nigeria have since begged the actress to bring it to their country or waited in silence for it to start showing on Netflix.

Since its debut, the movie and its director have gone on to receive praises from millions all over the world including African American actress Kerry Washington who took to twitter to express her excitement about the movie.

For the humble actress and director, praises and congratulatory  tweets, DMs and social media posts are not the only things that Genevieve Nnaji is receiving for her exceptional movie, the actress has also bagged a huge amount of money after the Netflix deal.

According to reports, Genevieve Nnaji sold Lionheart to Netflix for a whopping $3.2 million while still retaining full copyright and ownership of the movie. The company bought the movie after it caught their attention at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it was screened in 2018.

The $3.2 million deal makes Genevieve Nnaji one of Africa’s richest actresses and directors. Seeing that this is her first time as a director, Genevieve has not only raised the bar in the movie scene in Africa but for movie directors on the continent as well.

The million dollar contract with Netflix also makes 39-year-old Genevieve Nnaji Nigeria’s first ever billionaire in the movie industry as $3.2 million exchanges to a little over a billion Naira.

Netflix’s purchase of Lionheart has since paved way for more African originals on their list and more diversity in the company.

The $3.2 million deal makes Genevieve Nnaji one of Africa’s richest actresses and directors. Seeing that this is her first time as a director, Genevieve has not only raised the bar in the movie scene in Africa but for movie directors on the continent as well.

The million dollar contract with Netflix also makes 39-year-old Genevieve Nnaji Nigeria’s first ever billionaire in the movie industry as $3.2 million exchanges to a little over a billion Naira.

Netflix’s purchase of Lionheart has since paved way for more African originals on their list and more diversity in the company.

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