Genevieve Nnaji

There have been a lot of outrages on Twitter over the disqualification of Genevieve Nnaji‘s movie ‘Lion heart’ from International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.

The movie is Nigeria’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards, but was disqualified  as it violates a rule, according to the academy.

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Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English.

But the movie has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in the Igbo language native to Southeastern Nigeria, while the rest of the 94-minute pic is in English.

Since the academy in a mail on Monday, said ‘Lion Heart’ was disqualified from Oscars, it has generated outrages on the micro-blogging platform as many defended the move, while some criticised it on the claims that English is Nigeria’s official language.

Below are some reactions gathered

https://twitter.com/basilokpara/status/1191649927883087872?s=20