The US-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the organisation behind the Oscars, has invited three Nigerian filmmakers to become members.
Funke Akindele Daniel K Daniel and Blessing Egbe are listed among 397 members for this year’s class.
Akindele was named in the actor category for her movies Omo Ghetto: The Saga and Jenifa; Daniel was also named in the actor category for his movies The Fugitive and A Soldier’s Story; and Egbe was named in the director category for her movies African Messiah and Iquo’s Journal.
According to the Academy, these filmmakers have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures and were selected based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity.
The Academy celebrates and recognises excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars. In 2021, Nigerian film and TV talent Mo Abudu, Ramsey Nouah and Andrew Dosunmu were invited to join.