This Film Is Proudly Nigerian. … Genevieve Nnaji Reacts to Disqualification of Lion Heart for Oscars

Genevieve debuted in directing with Lion Heart

Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has expressed her surprise at the disqualification of her film, Lion Heart by the Oscars Award Academy in the race for the Best International Feature Film category.

The project was the first one the screen diva made her debut as a director.

It was gathered that the film was dropped by the Academy for having too much English dialogue.

It was gathered that the criteria the Academy use it selecting best international feature film category state that it awards film’s made outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue. Although it was partially in the Igbo language, it is mostly in English, which seemed to violate the category’s criterion.

Reacting to the development, Genevieve took to her Twitter page and stated that the film represented the way the Nigerian community is.

“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. 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.”

More reactions

Many film enthusiasts have also criticised the Academy over the decision made in a mail sent to the producer on Monday. See their tweets below.

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