Recently, Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s “Lionheart” from the list of movies in the Best International Feature Film category, to compete for the Oscars Award.
‘Lion heart’ which was directed by Genevieve Nnaji was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.
Although the movie contained a little of Igbo Language, it is mostly in English, which violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
Reacting to the report, Genevieve Nnaji in a new tweet, gave the ‘Academy’ some reasons why ‘Lion Heart’ remains unique, so that they can reconsider their decision about disqualifying it.
She made the tweet while replying American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay who earlier showed her concern by calling out the Academy and questioning the authenticity of their judgement with regards to the disqualification of the movie.
“To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?”
Replying her tweet, Genevieve wrote;
“1/1 1/2 Thank you so much @ava❤️.
I am the director of Lionheart. This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country; thereby making us #OneNigeria.
2/2 It’s no different to how French connects communities in former French colonies. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian”