Netflix is starting to take Africa’s largest movie industry seriously

21 September 2018


Netflix is finally putting its $8 billion original production budget to work in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry.

The global streaming giant purchased worldwide rights to Lionheart, it’s first original film from Nigeria. The comedy, stars Nollywood bigwigs including Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, and Onyeka Onwenu. Nnaji who has had some success starring in Hollywood productions, doubles as director on Lionheart.

Netflix has previously licensed Nollywood flicks including romantic comedy The Wedding Party as well as crime thriller October 1 but only after both had been screened in local cinemas. Read the full article on Filmcontact here.