Tunde Kelani, Two other Nigerians Make OSCARS Members List
Veteran producer/director, Tunde Kelani along with two other Nigerians have made The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, popularly known as OSCARS members. The newly released shows a diverse list of 842 members.
According to available statistics, the Academy made visibly improved racial and gender considerations in the 2019 list that tops the 2018 Oscars Members list.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that 50 per cent of the new members are women and 29 per cent are people of colour.
This raises the percentage of women in the Academy from 31 per cent to 32 per cent while the percentage of people of colour remains at 16 per cent, the same as in 2018.
While iconic Tunde Kelani was picked for directing, NAN reports that the talented Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje for acting and the fast-rising Chinonye Chukwu for writing.
Kelani , popularly known as TK has remained one of the most dazzling figures and veterans in the Nigerian nay African film industry. “He is one of Nigeria’s most acclaimed directors, known for classics like ‘Thunderbolt: Magun’, ‘Saworoide’, ‘Agogo Eewo’, and ‘Dazzling Mirage’”.
He is currently working on the film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s award-winning novel, ‘The Lion and the Jewel’.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been on a steady rise, standing out in films and TV shows like ‘The Bourne Identity’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.
In 2018, he made his directorial debut at TIFF with the auto-biographical ‘Farming’.
Chukwu is the first black woman to win the Sundance Film Festival’s biggest prize for her movie, ‘Clemency’.
She is also set to direct the film adaptation of former Black Panther Party chairwoman, Elaine Brown’s memoir, ‘A Taste of Power’.
NAN reports that all three join actresses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Wunmi Mosaku; film producer and directors Femi Odugbemi and Ngozi Onwurah who made the 2018 Oscars Members list.