The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) has picked Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ as the country’s submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.
The group, on Wednesday announced the selection following a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the diaspora.
Lionheart, produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, Chichi Nwoko, Genevieve Nnaji, and directed by Genevieve Nnaji, was premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and was acquired on September 7, 2018, as first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.
The film stars Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Chika Okpala, Kalu Ikeagwu, Sanni Mu’azu, Yakubu Mohammed, Ngozi Ezeonu, Peter Okoye (P-Square) and Chibuzor Azubuike (Phyno).
Released worldwide on January 4, 2019 after a December 2018 theatrical release in Nigeria, ‘Lionheart’, which is Nnaji’s directorial debut, tells the story of a young woman, Adaeze Obiagu (Genevieve Nnaji), who becomes saddled with the responsibility of running her sick father’s business under the suffocating supervision of an uncle, played by Nkem Owoh.
Adaeze’s competing business instincts and family obligations become a catalyst for drastic change not everyone is ready to embrace.
Since the inauguration of the NOSC in 2014, this is the first time Nigeria is advancing a film to the Oscar, as previous entries received by the committee did not meet basic criteria.
Among the films received this year, the NOSC said it picked ‘Lionheart’ for its considerable shots at the rules.
The 12-man team boasts of notable Nigeria’s film industry stakeholders of international standing.
The team is Chaired by Chineze Anyaene, Producer and Director of ‘Ije’; Nollywood’s remarkable box office earner and foremost filmmaker and Chairman of Audio-Visual Rights Society (AVRS) of Nigeria, Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun as Vice Chairman.
Others include Bruce Ayonote, CEO of Legend Box Office; filmmaker and talent manager, Mildred Okwo; Journalist/Film Critic, Shaibu Husseini; filmmaker/author, Charles Novia; award-winning filmmaker, CJ Obasi; top actor Ramsey Nouah; versatile director and cinematographer, Adetokunbo ‘DJ Tee’ Odubawo; movie producer, Ngozi Okafor; AFRIFF Founder, Chioma Ude and director of Green-White-Green, Abba Makama.
Anyaene added that the entries received this year show significant improvements from the previous years.
“While we cannot say that what we have are the best that Nigeria is capable of producing, it is heart-lifting to know that, from the strength of the entries received this year, we are truly ready for the Oscars. Filmmakers are gradually taking the Oscar rules into consideration, and I have no doubt that it is going to be more competitive, going forward,” she said.
Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English. Films in pidgin, which must be subtitled like any other language film are also considered under this category.
Formerly called ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, 87 countries vied for the shortlisted slots last year, and from a final five Oscar nominations, ‘Roma’, a Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón picked the honour.
Buga returns with ‘It has been Baba all the way’
Popular musician, Jesse King (a.k.a Buga), without doubt, is a proudly Nigerian artiste that is poised in projecting the image of his fatherland positively, mostly through Nigeria’s traditional culture to the world.
The effort, which has become a brand for the revered musician as continue to make him a sought after indigenous musician in the industry; his works, which preaches morals, educate people, as well as full of entertainment, as warmed him into the hearts of his fans.
As a result of this development, Buga as he is fondly called by his fans is currently elated for the success he has recorded so far in the industry, coupled with the support he has enjoyed from his fans over the years.
According to Buga the successful career and the love from his esteemed fans over the years could be best described as a rare grace.
However, there is something new about the Buga crooner. Guess what! He has launched himself back to the forefront of the industry with a new work.
Buga said: “It has been God and my fans that have made my dream come through. This is why I have decided to show my profound appreciation through my new work entitled: “It has been Baba all the way”.
“I feel great and full of thanks in my heart. It has been Baba all the way since the beginning of my career and I bless the name of the Lord. It has been awesome time with my loving fans. Now that I am back, it is going to be a new beginning and fresh Buga with full enjoyment,” he added
The new work which could be described as an indication for the comeback of the artiste into the mainstream will be released today.
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10 things to know about 2019 BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke
Mercy Eke yesterday night emerged winner of the Big Brother Naija reality show, season 4 tagged Pepper Dem.
Mercy, 26, who is the first female winner of the show went home with the coveted 60million ultimate prize. Here are 10 things to note about Mercy.
1. She is a video vixen and a businesswoman from Imo State.
2. Popular nicknames – Lamborghini, Queen of Highlights.
3. Closest allies in Brother’s House – Diane and Ike
4. Born September 1993.
5. The first-ever female winner of BBNAIJA.
6. First-ever joint Head of House (HOH) with fellow Housemate, Ike.
7. First-ever joint diary session with Biggie.
8. She emerged winner of the 2019 BBNaija 2019 Season with 41.77% votes after four attempts.
9. She plans to start her own fashion brand.
10. For the emerging winner of the show, Mercy went home with a cheque of N30m. She will also receive various gifts and incentives valued at N30m. They include an all-expense-paid trip to Dubai for two, a Sport Utility Vehicle from Innoson Motors, a Scanfrost electronic makeover, a year supply of Pepsi Cola, one year supply of Munch It and Indomie noodles and VIP tickets to watch the European Champions League final.
Mercy Wins BBNaija Season 4
Mercy has finally emerged as the winner of the Big Brother Naija reality show 2019 for season 4.
Host of the show, Ebuka-Obi Uchendu, announced the winner on Sunday evening to wild cheers from excited supporters.
Down from 26 housemates, the keenly contested competition tagged #PepperDem race saw Mercy, Seyi, Omashola and Frodd reach the finals as they battled for the grand price of 60 million Naira.
It had been an intriguing and eventful 90 days as each housemate served their own dose of ‘pepper’.
From the occasional fights, drama and controversy, to the tasking arena games, Friday night parties, celebrity visits and surprise evictions, the show most definitely served up enough pepper and spice that constantly sparked conversations among Nigerians, especially on social media.