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Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart' and 'Black Earth Rising' Starring Michaela Coel Will Premiere on Netflix in January 2019

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Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart' and 'Black Earth Rising' Starring Michaela Coel Will Premiere on Netflix in January 2019

BY ANTOINETTE ISAMA

Start off your 2019 Netflix binge with these African women powerhouses.

Netflix has announced the films and TV shows that will be coming and leaving the platform in January, Shadow and Act reports.

As anticipated, Nollywood maven Genevieve Nnaji's Lionhearther directorial debut, now has a premiere date on the streaming platform: January 4, 2019.

Revisit the full synopsis + trailer below.

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu is forced to take a step back due to health issues. Ironically, he appoints his crude and eccentric brother, Godswill, instead to run the company with his young daughter. Complications arise when they discover that the family business is in dire financial straits and both Adaeze and Godswill try to save the company in their own way to crazy and often hilarious results.

Lionheart was well-received at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and made history when it became the first original Netflix film to come out of Nigeria. This deal is part of the platform's efforts to ramp up original content coming from the continent. Read more about it here.

Black Earth Rising is the international thriller starring Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel that was picked up by both BBC and Netflix, premiering on the British broadcasting network earlier this year. The eight-part drama series is available for viewing on the streaming platform on January 25, 2019.

The series follows Kate Ashby (Coel), a legal investigator who was rescued as a young girl during the Rwandan genocide and was adopted by British prosecutor in international criminal law, Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter). When Eve takes on a case at the ICC that is looking to prosecute an African militia leader, the case puts Kate into a journey that changes her life forever.

Watch the trailer below.

Gloria Mangi is an award winning, creative, journalist, activist and founder of the award winning African Queens Project and host of Queen Things Podcast.