Sunday, July 14, 2024

Anyaene-Abonyi Steps Down As NOSC Chairperson

Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi has stepped down as the chairperson of the Nigerian Official Selection committee (NOSC) for the best international feature film (IFF) category of the Oscars.

The former chairperson, who doubles as the founder of the committee, is set to pass the baton of leadership, as she moves on to other opportunities in life.

Chineze’s decision comes days after she secured Oscars’ re-approval of the NOSC, just as Nigeria and the rest of the world prepare for the 96th edition of the academy awards holding next year.

Under her two-term steadfast leadership, the committee has transformed into a beacon of hope and standard befitting of Nigerian filmmakers aspiring to compete in the IFF category of the Oscars.

Under her leadership, the NOSC submitted Genevieve Nnaji’s lion heart in 2019, the committee got the academy to recognize pidgin as a non-English language fit for the IFF category the following year.

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In 2021, Desmond Ovbiagele’s the milkmaid made history as the first Nigerian film to be approved by the academy to compete in the IFF category of the 93rd academy awards, but did not make the final shortlist.

As she takes this bold exit step, the filmmaker-cum-entrepreneur has expressed her confidence in the next team’s ability to carry on the legacy and ensure that quality and excellence of Nigerian films are prioritized.

The new leadership of the nosc will be announced in due course.

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