Mildred Okwo reacts as Kenneth Gyang resigns from Nigeria Oscar selection committee

Filmmaker Mildred Okwo has reacted to fellow filmmaker Kenneth Gyang’s resignation from the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.

Kenneth announced his resignation from the committee in a Twitter post on Friday after the NOSC retained its decision not to submit a film for the 2023 Oscars after reconvening to make a final determination regarding a submission to the International Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards, following a one-week extension by the Academy.

Reacting to the announcement in Gyang’s Twitter thread, media personality Imoh Umoren pointed out that the crisis in the committee has escalated into a riot.

“Damn. Must be a riot down there,” Imoh wrote.

Replying to his statement, Kenneth said the crisis reminded him of American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape.

Joining the conversation with a cryptic message, Mildred added: “One of those is definitely missing.”

NOSC vice-chairman Mahmood Ali-Balogun who also joined the conversation added: “Indeed but more aptly, Its Lies, Lies and Videotape! You will direct the flick.”

NOSC became divided after it announced in September that it would not submit a film for the International Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards.

Mildred Okwo on October 19 proposed that the controversial ‘no film eligible’ option be expunged from the committee’s ballot. also learnt that Gyang voted for Biyi Bandele’s Elesin Oba in the first round of voting done in September.