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AFRIFF boss explains why Nollywood flicks are yet to get Oscar nominations

AFRIFF boss, Chioma Ude recently revealed why Nigerian films are yet to get recognition at the Oscars and Golden Globes despite efforts by the industry practitioners.

Chioma Ude

Chioma Ude, the Chief Executive Officer of AFRIFF, has revealed reasons Nigerian movies are yet to get either an Oscar nomination or awards.

Speaking as one of the panelist at the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Conference, Ude revealed that the major reason is that most of the movies do not have as much local language content as required to enter the Foreign Film categories at most of the world’s biggest award shows.

"We need to understand what this category is about and the criteria for entry. Movies in this category are expected to have rich cultural elements which must reflect in the language, story, music and all other elements present in the film," she began.

'Although, things are getting better now, as Nollywood got an invitation from the Oscars last year, and hopefully will get a slot soon. The right film must have at least 51% local language content to be accepted into the Foreign Language Film category,’ she said.

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Ude spoke alongside other panelists that include Wunmi Obe, Femi Falodun and Theo Lawson in a session that was moderated by MTV VJ, Ehiz Okoeguale.

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