The news comes after of the recent reports of controversy rocking the NOSC following its “nil submission” decision for 2023 Oscars
Shaibu Husseini, member of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture (NOSC) has disclosed that the Academy has granted the committee’s request for an extension for final determination.
“I have just been informed that the International Feature Film Executive Committee of @TheAcademy has intervened in the issue regarding the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC). I note that an extension has been granted for a final determination by the @officialnosc,” Husseini tweeted.
“I also note the IFF Committee’s directive that ‘the ENTIRE approved NOSC will be required to ALL reconvene and make a final determination’. Though I resigned my membership of the NOSC because I felt, among other reasons, that we did not reach a CONSENSUS on the ‘nil submission’.
The selection committee in recent weeks has been rocked by an internal crisis over its decision that no Nigerian film qualified for the 2023 Oscars International Feature Film category.
The announcement made in September was swiftly followed by the resignation of members, Mildred Okwo and Husseini amid reports of alleged misconduct by chairperson Chineze Anyaene. The filmmaker and committee publicist are yet to react to the claims of today.
The statement released by NOSC in September disclosed that the committee had voted on three films; Ebonylife studios’ Elesin Oba Kunle Afiolayan’s and Femi Adebayo’s top grossing movie King of Thieves. While the committee produced a nil submission verdict, five of its members reportedly voted for Elesin Oba with the remaining films splitting the votes 1-1.