Nigerians invited to join Oscars body

By Content Nigeria reporter
July 7, 2023

L-R: CJ Obasi, Jadesola Osiberu, Shola Dada, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Kunle Afolayan

The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation behind the Oscars, has invited five Nigerians to become members.

They include Nigerian filmmakers, producers and directors Jadesola Osiberu (Gangs of Lagos), CJ Obasi (Mami Wata) and Kunle Afolayan (Aníkúlápó), as well as writer Shola Dada (Man of God) and actor Richard Mofe Damijo (30 Days in Atlanta, Castle & Castle).

The five have been recognised for their contributions to the Nollywood industry.

“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 on movie fans worldwide,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy president Janet Yang.

“I was recently added to the 2023 list of members and invitees to join the Oscars/American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Super thankful to God for this honour and privilege,” said Dada.

Mofe Damijo said: “I just kept seeing the messages of congratulations but didn’t know what to make of it. My people did some digging and they confirmed it is on their official website. So it’s official. Congratulations are in order!”