A former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has described the disqualification of Nigerian movie “Lionheart” from this year’s Oscars.
Concise News understands that the Oscar Academy had on Monday disqualified the “Lionheart” from the race in the Best International Feature Film category.
According to them, Lionheart violated the Academy rule for entries in its category that makes it a must for movies to be in ‘‘predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
While reacting to the development, Fani-Kayode said the movie directed by actress Genevieve Nnaji would have won the best international film at the Oscars if it had adhered to the rules.
‘‘It is so sad and unfair, after- all English is our lingua franca in Nigeria even though we hate to admit it’’ he said.
“My heart goes out to Genevieve Nnaji1 and all the other wonderful Nigerian thespians both in Lionheart and in other Nollywood movies that have brought honour and glory to Nigeria through their noble endeavours. Despite this setback, you have done us proud! Keep it up! #Lionheart.”