Video of Nigeria Oscars selection committee meeting leaked on YouTube

Chineze Anayene-Abonyi Nigerian Official Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) chairman

A video of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) meeting has been leaked on YouTube.

The now-deleted video was uploaded on Nolly What Now channel on Saturday, October 22, the same day the channel was created.

NOSC chairperson Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi presided over the meeting held on Thursday, October 20, a day before the expiration of a one-week extension given by the Oscars for Nigeria to submit a film for the 2023 awards.

However, instead of calling for a revote as some Nollywood stakeholders had expected, the chairperson simply asked committee members to answer yes or no if they wanted to upload the rules of the NOSC.

The meeting ended with the committee retaining its earlier decision not to submit a film for the 2023 Oscars.

During the highly charged meeting. Anyaene-Abonyi accused some members of the committee of lobbying others to vote for a particular film.

Following the outcome of the meeting, filmmaker Kenneth Gyang announced his resignation from the committee.

Ego Boyo, Shaibu Husseini and Mildred Okwo, who had earlier resigned from the committee but came back to take part in the leaked meeting, have confirmed that they will be leaving.

Sources also informed that vice chairman Mahmood Ali-Balogun will leave the committee.