The Nigerian film industry is getting worldwide recognition with Netflix’s acquisition of one of its films, Lionheart.

The streaming service has made efforts to expand into Africa and to reach audiences outside the USA.

Lionheart will be the first Nigerian film that will be streamed on Netflix since its inception.

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The film centres on Adaeze, who sets out to prove her worth in a male-dominated industry, with hilarious results.

It is Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut and she also stars in it, alongside Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu.

The film made its Toronto International Film festival debut on Saturday.

The film festival runs from 6-16 September and is described as a charitable cultural organisation with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film.

Nnaji’s film is among 121 selected for the festival which were directed or co-directged by women – accounting for 35% of this year’s showing.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 08: Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji attends the “Farming” red carpet premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival at Scotiabank Theatre on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Dominik Magdziak Photography/WireImage)