Genevieve Nnaji, veteran Nollywood actress, has expressed her gratitude following the nomination of ‘LionHeart’, her directorial debut film, for the 2020 Oscars.

The movie was selected in the category of Best International Film.

‘Lionheart’ became the first movie from Nigeria to make it to the Oscars on Wednesday when the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) made the announcement.

The actress, who was apparently excited, took to her Instragram page to speak on the nomination and also appreciated her fans for their wonderful support.

“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen @lionheartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film!,” she wrote.

“This is the first entry ever for Nigeria. It’s an honour to be a part of such a pivotal moment in the history of Nigerian cinema.

“A moment we know will be replicated as our stories continue to resonate with audiences around the world.

“On behalf of the entire LIONHEART team and TEN Productions, we are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far.”

‘LionHeart’ was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Nnaji.

The movie was premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was acquired on September 7, 2018 as first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.

‘LionHeart’ is a 2018 Nigerian drama film that featured some Nigerian movie icons like Pete Edochie,Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, and music icon Onyeka Onwenu, among others.



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