So I finally got to see Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut ‘Lion Heart’ which also happens to be Netflix’s first original release in Nigeria.

Lionheart tells the story of the Obiagus, a successful Enugu based family running one of the biggest road transport companies in the country. The story captures themes around succession, dedication, enterprise and sexism.

In order to save her father’s ailing Bus Company, competent but constantly overlooked Adaeze must find a way to work alongside effervescent Uncle Godswill to restore the glory of the company.

Now let’s take a look at the lessons.


  1. Storytelling

Though Adaeze(Genevieve) had rehearsed her pitch to Alhaji Mikano who happens to be the lifeline Lion Heart needs in order not to be acquired a greedy rival, Igwe Pascal (Kanayo O. Kanayo ),she tells the story of how she grew up in the bus park and has come to understand the business, in order to be able to win the heart of Alhaji Mikano.

She notes that family values and team work is one of the enduring ethics of the company. Her storytelling ability got her a nod and subsequently a buy-in from  Alhaji Mikano(Sanni Mu’Azu).

Using storytelling to persuade your clients, prospects, boss goes a long way in making you win in business and in life


  1. Serve them what they want

Lion Heart is a proudly Nigerian tale that everyone can connect to. It’s like a story you read in your favourite gossip blog. The road transportation business, evolving from a need to support the multi-million trading economy between the east and the rest of the country is what we are familiar with as Nigerians.

Genevieve using this as back drop for her film makes a lot of sense. Transport business brands like God is Good, ABC Motors, Young Shall Grow Motors are not strange to us.

Whatever sector you are in, you would go far if you constantly package what your customers yearn for and can identify with, rather than serving them what you want.


  1. Team work

A group can accomplish what an individual might not be able to do. Our people say, a tree cannot make a forest. When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.

In a generation where there is dichotomy between New Nollywood and Old Nollywood, Ms Nnaji synergizes the amazing acting prowess of beloved industry veterans like Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Nkem Owoh and Ngozi Ezeonu , mixes things up with new school talent like Jemima Osunde , Phyno and Peter of the defunct Psquare.

Adaeze also combines her business acumen with her uncle’s native intelligence to restore the company to her prideful place and also successfully garner a merger with Mikano Transport.

If you want to go far, don’t go alone. You need to leverage on the strength and competencies of others to soar in business.


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