A review of Nnaji’s ‘LionHeart’


Florence Uwaeme

‘Lionheart’ is a breath of fresh air away from the attainable norm in Nollywood narratives. The film exudes originality and simplicity which unarguably are the trademarks of Genevieve Nnaji.

The film portrays the tenacity of a young woman who is bent on carrying on the family’s legacy and values/business through the thick and thin but not without help from her sagacious and amiable uncle and her supportive family. The film encourages hard work, self-belief, doggedness and acceptance.

I love the fact that Mr. Obiagu did not suddenly drop dead from the heart attack, which will be attributed to an exchange of words he must have had with an envious kin or brother. This step in originality puts the film far above the ordinary Nollwood story.

The son of the Obiagu’s was never called a black sheep because he chooses to pursue a career in music rather than joining in the family business. He is rather encouraged by the family. The family business is entrusted to the daughter, who is more qualified to handle it anyway. This adorns the film with some contemporary undertone, which is a great change in the narrative for Nollywood if adopted.

Nkem Owoh, the uncle that stepped in as acting general manager meant well for the family. No ulterior motives, just sheer professionalism and love for his brother and family. At the scene where a Bank manager lusted at the not-so-visible cleavage of his niece, his comical reaction saved the day.

I love the fact that the film is coloured with dialogues in Igbo and Hausa languages. There was no faux accent.

The conflict in the story was resolved with logical and practical steps. This part is where other Nollywood script-writers, directors and producers should take a cue from Nnaji’s directing prowess. The conflict was not resolved by anyone running to Church and sleeping in church till help came down from above.