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RMD, Afolayan, Osiberu, and Others Invited to Join Oscars Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, known for organizing the esteemed Academy Awards (Oscars), has extended invitations to several prominent Nollywood actors and filmmakers to join their esteemed organization.

In a statement published on their official website, the Academy announced that Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kunle Afolayan, Jade Osiberu, Shola Dada, and CJ Obasi were among the 398 distinguished artists and executives chosen to be part of this prestigious recognition platform.

The Academy’s selection process prioritizes professional qualifications and places strong emphasis on representation, inclusion, and equity. Bill Kramer, the Chief Executive Officer, and Janet Yang, the President, expressed their pride in welcoming these new members, stating, “The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership. They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and on movie fans worldwide.”

The newly invited members were selected from various categories, including actors, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary filmmakers, executives, film editors, make-up artists and hairstylists, and marketing and public relations experts.

Richard Mofe-Damijo, a veteran actor, was recognized in the artists’ category, while Jade Osiberu was invited in the producers’ category. Kunle Afolayan and Shola Dada were selected in the writers’ category, and CJ Obasi received the invitation in the directors’ category.

Expressing his joy, RMD shared on social media that this was the best birthday present he could receive, saying, “I saw messages of congratulations, but I didn’t know what to make of it. My people did some digging and confirmed it on their official website. So, it’s official. Congratulations are in order. The best birthday present came early. July, my birth month, not only brings perfection but also plenty of gifts. PS: I don’t know my sponsors for this yet, but when I do, I will say ‘thank you’ again. My heart is glad.”

Osiberu, expressing her delight, took to Instagram and wrote, “2023 has already been quite the year, but to be invited to join @theacademy is such an honor. 14-year-old Jade, who dreamed of being a filmmaker when that dream seemed so ridiculous, is excited and proud of the journey so far. I’m even more excited because I know the journey is just beginning.”

This recognition from the Academy is a testament to the immense talent and contributions of these individuals in the Nigerian film industry. We eagerly anticipate the impact they will continue to make on the global stage of filmmaking.


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