Yesterday, news broke that screen diva, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde received an invitation into the voting membership of the Oscar awards, also known as th
Yesterday, news broke that screen diva, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde received an invitation into the voting membership of the Oscar awards, also known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, unknown to many, Omotola isn’t the only Nigerian who got an invitation into the Oscar voting board. There are three other Nigerians doing equally well in their areas of endeavoiurs who also got the invitation onto the Oscar board. They are Femi Odugbemi, a movie producer, Wunmi Mosaku, an actress, and Ngozi Onwurah, a director. Their names were released in the new list of 928 members released by the academy.
Femi Odugbemi is a movie producer who studied film and television at The Montana State University and has scripted, directed and produced numerous documentaries, short films and drama. He produced Tinsel, a widely acclaimed soap opera that started airing in August 2008. His filmmaking credits include ‘Gidi Blues’, ‘Battleground’, ‘Maroko’ and ‘Bariga Boy’. Femi Odugbemi was the president of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) in 2002, a tenure that ended in 2006.
Wunmi Mosaku, is a British/Nigerian born actress who won the 2017 BAFTA TV Award for best supporting actress for her role as Gloria Taylor in the TV film ‘Damilola, Our Loved Boy’. And Ngozi Onwurah is a Nigerian-born British producer, director and lecturer who won the best short film at the Melbourne Film Festival, Australia and best documentary at the Montreal Film Festival, Canada for ‘The Body Beautiful’.
The academy organises and decides the nominations for the universally-acclaimed Oscars award for motion pictures. Academy membership is limited to film artists working in the production of theatrically-released motion pictures. The academy has 17 branches ranging from actors, writers and two categories that involve members-at-large and associates to accommodate individuals who have no defined branches in motion picture.