Crisis rocks Nigeria Oscar selection committee over decision not to submit film for 2023 award

The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has been hit by crisis over the decision not to submit a film for the 2023 Oscars.

Led by Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi, the 15-member NOSC is responsible for submitting a Nigerian film in the International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars.

Two members Mildred Okwo and Shaibu Husseini recently announced their resignation from the committee.

Their resignation, is not unconnected with the decision not to submit a Nigerian film for next year’s award.

A source close to the committee told our correspondent that the decision by NOSC to add “No Film is Eligible” as a voting category cost Nigeria the opportunity of having a film submitted for consideration for Oscar.


“Biyi Bandele’s Eleshin Oba: The King’s Horseman, Kunle Afolayan’s Anikulapo and Femi Adebayo’s King of Thieves made it to the final of the selection process.

“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,”

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