The 2015 Oscars nomination snubs, the controversial Will Smith's Nigerian accent

Please, what is a Nigerian accent? How many Nigerians know their accents? A high percentage of Nigerians who are complaining about Will Smith, don’t even have, use or know what a Nigerian accent is.

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It has been an interesting week with the Oscars nominations drama, which somehow has resurrected the Will Smith's controversial Nigerian accent, and how 'undeserving' it is of an Oscar award.

I feel like starting with the hilarious reactions of Nigerians to the accent, but let's start with something more serious - How 'white' is this year's Oscar nominations?

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The truth is, Oscars cannot be given to black movies that are not even being made. The spirit  of 'entitlement' aside, 2015 wasn’t so much of a  great year for black movies in box office.

Just as, "The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."

The only thing separating an actor of color from the whites is opportunity. Awards can't be handed out when there are no strong black movies of characters.

Yes, yes we had “Straight Outta Compton,” “Creed,” “Beast of No Nation,” Dope,” but how much of a competition are they to the nominated white films?

But we had Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and Will Smith you say, but then again, we had Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Eddy Redmayne, and Michael Fassbender.

Just as the Academy president said, yes, she is  disappointed at the absence of a black actor or movie. But let’s be honest, the lack in diversity doesn’t in any way take away the greatness of the nominated movies or actors.

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Let’s also be honest with ourselves, who among the nominated actors doesn’t deserve to be in the ‘best actor’ category?

If there were so much great black movies, then why are people not seriously talking about black female actors who should have been nominated?

Everyone is talking about Will Smith (who was good, but in my opinion, can’t take anyone’s place in the above category) and Idris Elba (who was good, and I think should have gotten a nod).

Yes, we had some ‘great’ black film, absolutely great production, amazing actors, but then, we also had greater number of white films which were good, with equally amazing actors.

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The question should be “Why are black actors not given enough roles in the industry?” Why are they mostly needed and also recognized when they feature as petty or enslaved characters?

I don’t doubt that there’s lack of diversity in the industry, or that great movies have been snubbed in the past.

In 2015, I was ‘heartbroken’ when David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were snubbed. Following the snub, the actor said "We, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative."

Black films and actors are more recognized when they have the slavery or suffer-head team.

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Black people need to channel their outcries to the studios and find ways to generate funds for top notch movies. That way the hashtag #OscasrsoWhite could take a rest..

Should Blacks boycott the Oscars, or better still create their own ‘Oscars?

Who says that would be the solution? There’s BET, and how much attention is paid to it by blacks? Besides, the Oscars is a long standing institution, it’s vintage! I doubt if any black awards ceremony can take its place. No matter how many black awards they create, actors will still want the Oscars.

Also, why do they wait till nominations are announced before the rants on lack of diversity kicks off. Shouldn’t this be a constant ‘battle’ that should have kicked off and continued in 87 years of Oscars history. Reminds of Nollywood and their fight against piracy

Maybe she thinks her husband deserves an award, maybe she doesn’t. I personally think she is speaking as a black actress in the industry, who feels her community isn't recognised.

I really wish her husband didn’t have a supposed ‘Oscar worthy’ movie, then maybe there won’t be so much controversy surrounding her rants.,

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Over to the topic I find interesting and hilarious – Nigerians and their rants about Will Smith’s accent;

Please, what is a Nigerian accent? How many Nigerians know their accents? A high percentage of Nigerians who are complaining, don’t even have, use or know what a Nigerian accent is.

We are in a country where if you’re Yoruba and you bring in the Yoruba accent into your English, then it becomes a funny clip which goes viral. Have you never heard someone classified as ‘igbotic’ and blah blah just because they have a 'Nigerian accent?'

A high percentage of ‘educated or enlightened’ Nigerians struggle to have an accent, and No, it’s not a Nigerian accent. What happened to them preferring British or American accent?

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Some don’t even have an accent. In our struggle to have an accent, most have us automatically have an accent that can’t be placed (even if you spent the whole day).

Probably Smith even got the ‘Nigerian accent’ better than most Nigerians. Have you ever watched Bennet Omalu speak? Please, what accent is that?

There’s no such thing as a generally accepted Nigerian accent. I probably won’t place one if I heard it. In a country where people struggle to hide  their Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo accent while speaking, the basis on judging “Concussion” should be its story and acting skills, not the accent.

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