Three Nigerians make Oscars Academy member list

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Three Nigerians have been included in the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences newly released list of 842 members.

They include filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, for directing; Hollywood Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje for acting and Chinonye Chukwu for writing.

Mr Kelani, who is currently working on the film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s award-winning novel, ‘The Lion and the Jewel’ is one of Nigeria’s most accomplished filmmakers.

Also, Mr Akinnuoye-Agbaje has performed in Hollywood films like ‘The Bourne Identity’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Game of Thrones”.

Ms Chukwu is the first black woman to win the Sundance Film Festival’s prize for her movie, ‘Clemency’.

They will join actresses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Wunmi Mosaku, including film producer and directors Femi Odugbemi and Ngozi Onwurah who made the 2018 list.

About 50 percent of the new members of the Academy’s member list are women and 29 percent are people of colour.

This raises the percentage of women in the Academy from 31 to 32 percent, while the percentage of people of colour remains at 16 per cent, the same as in 2018.