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Genevieve Nnaji’s film ‘Lionheart’ was disqualified from the Oscars

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Genevieve Nnaji‘s movie, ‘Lionheart’ has been disqualified by the Academy from the 2020 Oscar race.

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‘Lionheart’ was Genevieve’s directorial debut and she also starred in the film alongside popular Nollywood names like Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Nigerian rapper Phyno.

It was revealed in October that the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) had picked the movie as Nigeria’s submission to the Best International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.

It was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.

‘Too much English’

All hopes of making it to the final nominees have however been dashed as the Academy disqualified the movie from the Best International Feature Film category.

As first reported by The Wrap, the Academy announced the disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ to voters in the category in an email on Monday, November 4, 2019.

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It has been revealed that ‘Lionheart’ was not vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee when the NOSC first picked the film.

After a recent viewing, the Academy deemed the film to have too much much English dialogue and disqualified it from the Best International Feature Film category which until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.

‘Lionheart’ is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria but it is mostly in English.

Genevieve reacts

Genevieve was not pleased with the disqualification and took to Twitter to express her feeling of disapproval.

“I am the director of Lionheart. This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians,” she said in a series of tweets.

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“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.”

The NOSC Chairperson Chineze Anyaene in a statement urged filmmakers to “shoot with the intention of non-English recording dialogue as a key qualifying parameter to represent the country in the most prestigious award.”

Anyaene also revealed that the committee is working to organising workshops and seminars to create robust awareness on the guidelines and requirements for an International Feature Film Entry.

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Beauty Etsanyi Tukura is Miss Nigeria 2019

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Beauty Etsanyi Tukura has been crowned Miss Nigeria 2019!

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Beauty, who takes home the ultimate prize, was selected among the 18 finalists at the grand finale on Saturday, which took place at the Eko Convention Center.

Beauty Tukura was selected by judges Rita Dominic, Ike Onyema, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, and Tara Durotoye.

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The new Miss Nigeria will also take home a new car and a luxury apartment.

Congratulations to her!

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Here’s Why Most Nigerian Celebrities Are In Dubai At The Moment

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The most populous city in United Arab Emirate (UAE), Dubai is currently hosting most of Nigerian celebrities. Davido, Teni, Wizkid, The BBNaija 2019 crew, Tiwa Savage, Jaywon, Tekno, Burna Boy, DJ Spinall, Zlatan and so forth are in Dubai.

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It does not end there, you must have also noticed that the talk of ‘Dubai’ has intensified on Twitter NG and the larger populace. Asides Dubai being a great city, it is currently host to some of Nigeria’s biggest stars.

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Well, if you are not aware, the purpose of their presence in Dubai is the One Africa Music Fest in Dubai. The event will hold on November 15, 2019 at Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City.

Other artists on the roster include, Jah Prayzah, Akothee, Betty G, Lij Michael, Linah, Diamond Platinumz, Harmonize, Eddy Kenzo, Nandy, Nhatty Man, Soujila, The Ben, Vanessa Mdee and King Promise. 2baba is also due to appear at the event.

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AKA Demands An Apology From Burna Boy Before He Would Allow Him Perform In South Africa

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Rapper Aka is demanding apologies from Burna Boy on behalf of South Africans.

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Burna boy will be performing in South Africa in a few weeks and AKA is demanding Burna Boy give a personal apology for the things he said.

In a series of tweets in September, Burna Boy urged black foreigners living in SA to defend and protect themselves against xenophobic attacks. In a now deleted tweet, he also told AKA to beef up his security, before giving him the middle finger.

He promised to never set foot in SA again until the government “wakes the f*ck up and really performs a miracle”. However, a month later, he was announced as part of the Africans Unite line-up to “unify all Africans and speak out against femicide”. The event takes place in Pretoria on November 24.

As artists and event organisers, under the umbrella of Tshwane Entertainment Collective, this week slammed Burna Boy’s inclusion on the line-up, AKA took to Twitter to ask him to apologise.

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Burna Boy has yet to respond to the request.

The Fela in Versace star said SA took Burna Boy in “before he reached these levels” and challenged the Naija star to prove he is an “African giant” by apologising.

“Ek se … Burna Boy. All we want is an apology. We know SA is not perfect, but we took you in as our own before you reached these levels. You say you are an AFRICAN GIANT, prove it,” he wrote.

AKA said he was willing to swallow his pride and asked if Burna Boy was willing to do the same.

The SA rapper said he reached out to Burna Boy because he was older and wanted to make sure no harm came to either of them if they visited the other’s country.

AKA has previously said he will not apologise for his part in a Twitter exchange with Nigerian artists at the time of the xenophobic attacks.

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