According to the Nigerian official selection committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (the Oscars), there will be no nominations coming out of Nigeria for the 2023 version of the Oscars competition.
In a statement, NOSC chairperson Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi stated that the committee regrets announcing its failure to finding an eligible submission. According to Abonyi, the 15-member community failed to reach a consensus on three contending titles due to their voting patterns.
“Following our call for submissions in August, the committee received three epic films; however, it turned out that none of them will advance to the next stage owing to the voting patterns of members,” Abonyi said.
The committee delivered a ‘no film eligibility’ verdict on September 3, 2022. The committee presides over Nigerian submissions yearly, deciding the best fit for the year’s international Feature Film category, which the Academy created to award films from across the globe.
NOSC’s ‘non-eligibility’ verdict will be the second in a row as the committee last submitted an Oscar contender in 2020 with Desmond Obviagele’s ‘The Milkmaid.’
The committee in October 2021 announced ‘no submission’ after weeks of deliberations. Before NOSC’s announcement, Kunle Afolayan and Mo Abudu had sparked Oscars consideration with the report of a brief theatrical opening of their non-English titles ‘Anikulapo’ and ‘Elesin Oba.’