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Eight Years After #oscarsSowhite: Five Nigerian Movie Stars Join Oscars Academy Board

The Oscars previously faced criticism for its lack of diversity, after a study in 2012 by the Los Angeles Times newspaper found that 94% of Its voters were white, which led to the trend of #OscarsSoWhite eight years ago, have selected five Nigerian big stars from Nollywood to join the board

Veteran actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, director CJ Obasi, producer Jade Osiberu, and writers Kunle Afolayan and Shola Dada, have all been selected based on their contributions to cinema.

Richard Mofe-Damijo
CJ Obasi
Jade Osiberu
Kunle Afolayan
Shola Dada

As members, they will now receive voting rights for The Oscars nominations and winners.

Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said:

“The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership. They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and movie fans worldwide,”.

Should all the five Selectees accept the membership request, they will join the Oscars board that has ten thousand, eight hundred and seventeen members including Music superstar Taylor Swift, and other 398 new members of the Oscar Academy,

Story by Aisha Alhassan – Entertainment Desk

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