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There are chances presently that Nigerian flicks in pidgin English may angle for awards at the International feature film category of the OSCARS.
‘Oloture’ film director, Kenneth Gyang, made this known as he stated that top film executive, Mo Abudu helped Nollywood reach this feat after prolonged conversations with the Academy.
Tweeted Gyang: “Pidgin English is now considered a foreign language at the Oscars!. Ms Mo Abudu has been in communication with the International Features section of the Academy about the possibility of entering our film (made in pidgin) through the Nigerian Oscar Committee”.
Abudu, in the final sage of the extensive discussion, was requested to write a letter of justification which was approved by the Academy. The latest development has since been communicated to the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC).
The latest feat might see Abudu’s new film, ‘Oloture’ eligible for the 93rd Oscars as it records the now eligible language robustly used.
‘Lionheart’, Nigeria’s 2019 entry, Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, it will be recalled, was disqualified by the Academy for violating the foreign language requirement. The history-making film was well over 60 percent in English.