Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji

Nigerians React As Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart' Makes It To The Oscars

Genevieve Nnaji's movie, 'Lionheart', makes it to the 2020 Oscars, and Nigerians are talking about it.

Pearl Emmanuel

'Lionheart,' Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut, has made it to the international scene, the 2020 Oscars, 13 months after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival.

After much deliberation, the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) made the decision to pick Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart' as the country's submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.

The news was announced by the group on October 2, 2019, after a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora.

The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) was set up in 2014 and since its inception this is the first time Nigeria would get a film to the Oscars, as previous entries received by the committee did not meet the basic criteria.

Many Nigerians are elated about the selection and a chance to be represented at the Oscars. They have sworn to vote continually and ensure the movie wins the award as a show of loyalty to their country.

While others have taken to social media to declare the selection process unfair, as they claim Kemi Adetiba's 'King of Boys' was more riveting and deserved the slot at the Oscars than Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart'.

Many feel 'Lionheart' was a bit slow with a not so in-depth story, like that of 'King of Boys' which had more intrigues.

However, they still believe that Nigeria is growing and will eventually have the opportunity to have many more movies at the Oscars shortly.

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