SPECIAL FEATURE: CNN hosts Genevieve Nnaji, The Lioness of Nollywood, as she Premiers latest work “LION HEART”

…as Richard Quest of CNN interviews Nigerian Screen goddess 

Nigeria is blessed with loads of talents in all facets of life including the make belief industry otherwise known as Nollywood.

That the movie industry in Nigeria is ranked third in the world is a clear proof of how solid our actors, actresses, makeup artists, script writers, editors, cinematographers, choreographers, producers and directors are in the act of entertaining, educating and informing the world with films which helps in shaping the globe.

Ironically, 90% of whatever credit the movie industry has achieved today should go to the class or group of professionals mentioned above. Government has played little role in this success story. Government is not forthcoming with support for nollywood to grow beyond it’s present position or feat even as it has the potential of beating Hollywood and Bollywood to the first spot and even remain there for as long as it choses.

Nollywood star, Genevieve Nnaji

Government has done little to check the menace of piracy in the entertainment industry but particularly in Nollywood which is a branch of the industry even as it stands tall among others like music and comedy. Government has failed to see the entertainment industry as money spinning by failing to invest massively in it as witnessed in the United States of America and India where Hollywood and Bollywood thrive. Government is yet to see the job creating prowess in the entertainment industry which is capable of reducing unemployment rate to its barest minimum.

Stakeholders have severally called on government to help secure space or land with necessary infrastructure and facilities which should be used as MOVIE VILLAGE for professionals and stakeholders in the entertainment industry as the capital and home of Africa’s entertainment industry.

This plea has continued to fall on deaf ears as millions of youths in the country with talents in various areas of entertainment have continued to waste and rot away jobless. The opposite is the case in Hollywood and Bollywood where youths now lead the way taking after the likes of Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington and Amitahb Bachaan among others.

Here in Nigeria the likes of Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Chika Okpala, Lanre Hassan, Idowu Philip, Pete Edochie and Sadiq Daba to mention a few have done brilliantly well to elevate the movie industry by continuing from where the likes of Hubert Ogunde stopped.

The efforts and performances of these distinguished Nigerian actors and actresses have given rise and birth to the high flying generation. Among this class of high flyers is Genevieve Nnaji whose sterling performance has continued to place Nigeria and nollywood on top on the global entertainment stage.

Beautiful, bold and brainy Nnaji is now a pacesetter in Nollywood. Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress with famous television soap opera “Ripples” at the age of 8. She also featured in countless commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, Genevieve made her debut in the growing Nigerian film industry with the movie “Most Wanted.”

As an upcoming actress, trying to carve a niche for herself, she went through various minor roles seeking for breakthrough.

The following movies “Last Party,” “Mark of the Beast,” and “Ijele” (which is remains her best epic performances till date) launched a screen goddess who is respected, reverred, loved and adored by many. She didn’t allow her modest beginning at Egbeda, a Lagos suburb to affect her upbringing and dream of excelling in her chosen career.

She has taken her trade, talent and skill beyond African shores and borders as she has gone global. Call her the face of nollywood and you won’t be wrong. She has done a couple of jobs (movies) which has been rated at the international scale but her latest blockbuster “LIONHEART” is a class act.

Richard Quest of the CNN in an interview with Genevieve described the new job as “a breakout for nollywood”.  LIONHEART has been bought by international film and marketing outfit NETFLIX and this goes to show the rating of the movie which is already a global banger. The impact of this job attracted Genevieve to the reverred CNN which gave her five minutes to speak on her new work.

What a distinguished career Genevieve is having. What a way of bringing honour and of glory to one’s fatherland. What an ambassador of nollywood Genevieve is.

What a patriot she is. With LIONHEART, Genevieve has proven that she is a true lioness of nollywood. With LIONHEART she has again shown her colleagues the way to go. Genevieve has proven that there is no limitation to success for as long as hardwork reigns. She has shown that no barriers can stop a creative and innovative mind determined to excel. What her male folks struggle to achieve, she has steadily been gathering….surely this rare gem and gift to Africa has taken the battle to the world right in the United States from her quiet abode in Toronto.

Desmond Ekwueme

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