OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE INVITED TO JOIN OSCAR VOTING ACADEMY
Renowned Nigerian Actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde was on Monday 25 June, invited to join the OSCAR Voting Academy also known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The news was released on the Oscars official site saying that this year recorded a total number of 928 new members adding to its over 9000 members, which comes as a result of an ongoing effort to diversify its ranks and to also encourage African-American participation.
Omotola who also shared the news on her Instagram page couldn’t contain her excitement as she wrote:
It’s with great joy and sense of responsibility that I announce that I have been invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science “THE OSCARS”. I am truly elated. She said
According to the list, Omotola’s invitation stemmed from the recognition she got in the 2010 romantic drama ‘A Private Storm’ which was co-directed by Lancelot Imasuen and Ikechukwu Onyeka, the 2012 thriller of ‘Last Flight to Abuja’ written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Obi Emelonye
Asides from her successful acting career, Omotola in 2013, she was honored in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton. So far, the veteran actress has appeared in over 300 films since her debut in 1995, won over 15 awards and has sold millions of video copies and is also known for her remarkable humanitarian efforts.
The Oscars is a set of 24 awards aimed at recognising excellence for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry which was first held in 1929 and up till date considered one of America’s most highly anticipated award event.