Nonso Diobi vows to win Oscars

Actor Nonso Diobi has vowed to continue working until he brings home an Oscar award.

In an Instagram post on Monday, the 44-year-old assured his followers that he was not going to relent in his efforts with the award as his target.

“Africa, Naija take note! Someday, I will bring The OSCARS Academy Awards back home to motherland. I will make yall proud! Everything became possible with God!🙏 Say Amen,” Nonso wrote.

The Academy Awards popularly known as the Oscars are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. They are regarded as the most famous and prestigious awards in the entertainment industry.

Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements, as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette as a trophy, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”.

The first Nigerian movie to be submitted and subsequently nominated for the Oscars was Genevieve Nnaji’s 2018 movie Lionheart, which was entered under the Best International Feature Film category in 2019, but it was disqualified as the majority of the film’s dialogue is in English.

However, the following year, the Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee announced that AMPAS would allow films that are primarily in Pidgin English to be eligible for submission.

Therefore, Desmond Ovbiagele’s The Milkmaid was submitted in 2020, although it was not nominated.