The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has come under fire for failing to submit three films to the final round of the Oscar selection process for 2023.
NOSC, under the direction of Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi, is in charge of submitting a Nigerian movie for the International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars.
After Eleshin Oba: The King’s Horseman by the late Biyi Bandele, Anikulapo by Kunle Afolayan, and King of Thieves by Femi Adebayo were rejected by the committee, there was backlash (The three Yoruba Language films that made it to the final of the selection process).
According to a source close to the committee, Nigeria lost the chance to submit a film for Oscar consideration as a result of NOSC’s decision to add “No Film is Eligible” as a voting category.
“While Eleshin Oba got five votes, Anikulapo and King of Thieves got one vote each.
“Eight members of the 15-member committee however voted for “No Film is Eligible”, a strange category that ensured none of the films makes it to the Oscars,” the source told reporters.
Kunle Afolayan also tackled the committee for not submitting his movie which according to him has been described as ‘a masterpiece‘.
In other news, the sentencing date for Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, a convicted Nigerian fraudster, has been set for November 7 by the US Central District Court in California.
The 39-year-old, who was detained in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in June 2020 and transported to the US, has since admitted guilt to charges of multimillion-dollar fraud.
According to court documents obtained by Premium Times, trial judge Otis Wright has set November 7 as the date for Hushpuppi’s sentencing.
“COUNSEL ARE NOTIFIED, the Sentencing is CONTINUED to November 7, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. as to Defendant Ramon Olorunwa Abbas,” the court’s announcement shifting the sentencing read.