Actress Rita Edochie has penned down an appreciation message to filmmaker C.J Obasi for featuring her in his award winning film Mami Wata.
The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Best International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars selected the Sundance Festival award-winning film for the 96th edition of the awards.
The committee said it selected the film for its “relevant theme – multiple generations of women at the forefront of society’s well-being, its unique approach to a story of pre and post-colonial African societies, as well as its technical and artistic excellence.”
Expressing her gratitude in an Instagram post on Monday, Rita Edochie who plays a major role in the film also thanked the committee for the recognition.
“MY GREAT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THRILLED TO SHARE THAT OUR BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE “MAMIWOTA” HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT NIGERIA AT THE OSCARS! (ACADEMY AWARDS) IT’S AN INCREDIBLE HONOR AND A TESTAMENT TO THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF OUR AMAZING TEAM. THIS JOURNEY HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE ONE, AND IM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE NIGERIAN CINEMA ON THE WORLD STAGE.
“THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED US ALONG THE WAY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES AS WE EMBARK ON THIS EXCITING ADVENTURE! GOD ALMIGHTY, I’M GRATEFUL. THANK YOU IMMENSELY MY DIRECTOR C.J “FIERY “OBASI FOR GRANTING ME THE RARE PRIVILEGE TO HAVE TAKEN PART IN THIS PROJECT,” she wrote.
Written and directed by C.J. Obasi, the film is an exploration and creative reimagination of the mythology of a titular mermaid-deity of West African folklore, and one which, among other things, celebrates womanhood.