Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ has been selected by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) to represent the country in the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.
The group announced the selection on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, following a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora.
Since the inauguration of the NOSC in 2014, this is the first time Nigeria is advancing a film to the Oscar, as previous entries received by the committee did not meet basic criteria.
Among the films received this year, the NOSC said it picked ‘Lionheart’ for its considerable shots at the rules.
The 12-man team boasts of notable Nigeria’s film industry stakeholders of international standing; chaired by Chineze Anyaene, Producer and Director of ‘Ije,’ and foremost filmmaker and Chairman of the Audio-Visual Rights Society (AVRS) of Nigeria, Mahmood Ali-Balogun as Vice Chairman.
According to Anyaene, entries received this year show significant improvements from the previous years.
“While we cannot say that what we have are the best that Nigeria is capable of producing, it is heart-lifting to know that, from the strength of the entries received this year, we are truly ready for the Oscars. Filmmakers are gradually considering the Oscar rules, and I have no doubt that it is going to be more competitive, going forward,” she said.
Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English. Films in pidgin, which must be subtitled like any other language film are also considered under this category.
‘Best Foreign Language Film’ as it was formerly called, 87 countries vied for the shortlisted slots last year, and from a final five Oscar nominations, ‘Roma’, a Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón bagged the award.
Lionheart was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, Chichi Nwoko, Genevieve Nnaji, and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. It premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was acquired on September 7, 2018, as first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.
It was officially released in Nigeria in December 2018 and worldwide in January 2019. Also,
The film stars Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Chika Okpala, Kalu Ikeagwu, Sanni Mu’azu, Yakubu Mohammed, Ngozi Ezeonu, Peter Okoye (P-Square), and Chibuzor Azubuike (Phyno).
BBNaija 2019: All You Need to Know About Mercy
The Big Brother Naija Pepper Season four came to an end last night with Mercy emerging the winner, thereby becoming the first female to win the show.
Mercy Lambo as she is fondly called won the ultimate cash prize of 30 million and other prizes which includes; a Dubai trip for two, SUV from Innoson Motors, Scanfrost electronic makeover, one year supply Pepsi, one year supply Munch It and Indomie.
In the house, Mercy lived up to her name as the queen of highlights.
Her dance moves at Saturday Night Parties was a delight to both fellow housemates and viewers.
One of the most talked about highlight of her time in the house was her altercation with Tacha, who is arguably the most controversial Big Brother Naija housemate. The fight consequently led to Tacha’s disqualification from the house.
Mercy’s romance with co-housemate, Ike was another highlight in the house. The lovebirds never shied away from expressing their feelings to each other.
“I had no idea I would like someone in the house, I wanted to play the game then get the money and go.”
And indeed Mercy had been all about the money from the get go. She once said:
“Yeah, love happens but 60 million comes first.”
As we have done for other housemates, here are some quick facts about Mercy Lambo the winner of Big Brother Naija 2019:
- Her real name is Mercy Eke
- She is 26 years old (September 29th, 1993)
- She hails from Imo state
- She is a video vixen and a business woman
- She loves cooking, swimming, traveling and dancing
- Her favourite food is white rice and pepper soup
- She dislikes people who are proud
- She plans to start a fashion brand or label with the prize money
- She describes herself as a fun person and a sweet girl
BBN: I Love Ike, Mercy Confesses
By Eric Elezuo
Mercy has confessed her love for fellow housemate Ike, saying there is a future between them outside the Big Brother House.
Mercy, who later emerged the winner of the three months long show, made her confession while fielding questions from Ebuka Obi-Uchenna, the Big Brother anchor, at the grand finale show. She said her feelings for Ike developed greatly after their sixth week in the House.
Recall that Ike was one of the first callers who came out to congratulate her after she was declared winner on Sunday night.
How Mercy Beat Others to Win BBN Season 4, N60m Booty
Twenty-six-year-old Mercy Eke has emerged the winner of the 2019 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show, which officially came to an end on Sunday, after 99 days of live show.
Mercy got over 41.77 per cent of a total of 250 million votes cast by viewers to beat fellow housemate, Mike Edwards, who got about 19.94 per cent of the votes.
Both contestants were among the five finalists, including Frodd, Omashola and Seyi, that made it to the grand finale of the show, out of a total of 21 housemates and about five others, who were introduced to the BBN house midway into the show.
For winning the show and emerging the first female contestant to win it since inception, Mercy was presented with a cheque of N30m. She will also receive various gifts and incentives valued at N30m. They include an all-expense paid trip to Dubai for two, a Sport Utility Vehicle from Innoson Motors, a Scanfrost electronic makeover, one year supply of Pepsi Cola, one year supply of Munchies and Indomie noodles and VIP tickets to watch the European Champions League final.