“Life is in phases and men in sizes” is a saying that must be retooled and applied to success. Success most certainly comes in phases and in sizes. For example, the success of Genevieve Nnaji’s movie, “Lionheart” has the phase and size that has absolutely stripped words out of the entire movie industry in Nigeria. When the ELFIKE group’s first sequel production, Wedding Party II, smashed box office records of highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time and the highest ever global box office for a Nigerian movie, Nollywood contained the frequent spasms of the success.
N500 million in sales was an outstanding feat, the size of which worthy words were easily found to help in describing and celebrating.
But in ‘Lionheart’, the first Nigerian film to be bought by Netflix and the first movie to produce Nollywood’s first billionaire, Genevieve Nnaji left most of her colleagues speechless.
The actress became the first Nigerian movie actor to rise to the coveted billionaire status after it was revealed that Netflix bought over her directorial debut with a whooping sum of $3.8million the equivalent of 1, 051, 297, 231. 57 naira.
Though the actress, did not reveal the figures, a source close to her made the disclosure and since then the industry had gone numb with awe for Nnaji’s incredible feat.
Not many actors could find words to celebrate with the star actress, the few who commented on her post on Instagram and Twitter, namely Ken Eric, Uche Jombo, Belinda Effal, Sola Sobowale, Eve Esin, did not use words as there were no English words novel enough to describe Genevieve’s rise in the industry. Most used emojis and emoticons of love, appreciation and admiration instead except Rachael Okonkwo who only wrote, “No1”.
Meanwhile in her post, Ms Nnaji said, “Thank you everyone for accepting ‘Lionheart’ into your homes and hearts. Worldwide. This is how we change the narrative. Together let us continue to bridge the gap.”