Kunle Afolayan Hopeful As Committee Seeks Oscar-Worthy Movie

Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, has expressed optimism over the decision of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences to give the Nigerian Official Selection Committee another chance to make a submission for the 2023 Oscars award.

Last month, the committee announced that no Nigeria movie was eligible for the prestigious film award; a decision that erupted in backlash from filmmakers and fans.

However, the academy has given the NOSC another chance to select a Nigerian movie for the International Feature Film category by October 21, 2022.

A former NOSC member, Husseini Shaibu, who resigned earlier after the backlash, made the announcement on his Twitter page on Sunday.

He said, “I have just been informed that the International Feature Film Executive Committee of @TheAcademy has intervened in the issue regarding the Nigerian Official Selection Committee. I note that an extension has been granted for a final determination by the @officialnosc.

“I also note the IFF Committee’s directive that the ENTIRE approved NOSC will be required to ALL reconvene and make a final determination.

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