Kunle Afolayan has at last responded to the Nigerian Official Selection Committee’s (NOSC) largely negative vote,
which prevented an Oscars entry for the second consecutive year.
The filmmaker whose most recent movie, “Anikulapo”, was one of the year’s top contenders,
posted his initial thoughts on the committee’s September decision on his Twitter account on Monday.
“I am so pleased and delighted that the whole world have decided to tagged ANIKULAPO film “a masterpiece “
even though the Nigeria Oscar selection committee think it’s not worth submitting for the Oscars Will keep making doing my own thing,” Afolayan wrote.
The NOSC chairperson, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi, stated in September that the committee was sorry to announce that it had been unable to discover a qualified entry.
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according to a statement signed by Abonyi, the 15-member community was unable to agree on three competing titles as a result of their voting preferences
“Although the committee received three epic films following its call for submissions in August, it turned out that none of them will advance to the next stage
owing to the voting patterns of members,” an excerpt of the statement reads per The Punch. The committee delivered a ‘no film eligibility’ verdict on September 3, 2022.
The committee oversees Nigerian applications each year and selects the finest ones for the international feature film category,
which was established by the Academy to honor films from throughout the world.
Since the NOSC committee last presented a potential Oscar contender in 2020 with Desmond Obviagele’s “The Milkmaid,”
this will be the second consecutive “non-eligibility” decision.