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Lionheart disqualified

Lionheart which is Nnaji’s first directorial
attempt, after over three decades of acting,
was selected as Nigeria’s entry by the
Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC),
only to be disqualified for having too much
English language dialogue.

Nnaji who took to Twitter to express her
position on the recent development said the
movie represents the way we speak as
She also took out time to respond to a
reaction by Ava Marie DuVernay, an American
filmmaker and distributor, who had expressed
concern over the reason given by The Oscars
for disqualifying Lionheart.
“Thank you so much @ava I am the director
of Lionheart. This movie represents the way
we speak as Nigerians. This includes English
which acts as a bridge between the 500+
languages spoken in our country; thereby
making us #OneNigeria. @TheAcademy.”
1/1 1/2 Thank you so much @ava ❤️.
I am the director of Lionheart. This
movie represents the way we speak as
(@GenevieveNnaji1) November 4,
2/2 It’s no different to how French
connects communities in former
French colonies. We did not choose
who colonized us. As ever, this film
and many like it, is proudly Nigerian

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