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Genevieve’s Lionheart Gets Disqualified

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Genevieve Nnaji — Lionheart

The Oscars Award Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s ‘Lionheart’ from the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category.

The Academy dropped the Genevieve Nnaji directorial debut, for having too much English dialogue.

The Academy’s criteria for best international feature film category states that it awards film’s made outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue.

This drop by the Oscars has reduced the number of films competing for the award to 92 from what had been a record 93 entries.

The disqualification also drops the number of female directors in this year’s race to 28, which is still a category record.

Lionheart is the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.

‘Lionheart’, in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language. But it is mostly in English, which seemed to violate the category’s criterion.

The film had not been vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee in advance of the Oct. 7 announcement of qualifying films.

It was, however, recently viewed and determined not to qualify in a category that until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.
One other film, Afghanistan’s ‘Hava, Maryam, Ayesha’, had been deemed ineligible before the list of qualifying films was announced.

It was denied a spot on the roster of contenders over questions about the legitimacy of the Afghan committee that submitted it.

The Academy announced the disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ to voters in the category in an email on Monday.

The film was scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the international category on Wednesday in a double bill with the Honduran entry, ‘Blood, Passion, and Coffee’.

‘Lionheart’, in which Nnaji plays a woman who tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a male-dominated environment, is currently available on Netflix.

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Davido Set To Sign Cynthia Morgan To His Record Label

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Nigerian singer, David Adeleke aka Davido has expressed his interest in signing Cynthia Morgan, after she voiced out the setbacks she has been facing in her music career.

Cynthia Morgan, once the queen of Nigeria reggae dancehall has been missing from the music scene for a number of years now.

In a recent Instagram live interview with Upfront With Sandra, the “German Juice” singer opened up about her challenges and illness.

Cynthia Morgan who now goes by the stage name Madrina, revealed that she relocated to Benin to recuperate and save costs. She also fell into depression after she found her resources drained.

Morgan revealed that she fell out with her former label head Jude Okoye, brother to renowned defunct group PSquare.

She alleged that Okoye has taken over her Instagram and VEVO accounts and has also stopped her from using the stage name Cynthia Morgan.

Reacting to her ordeal, Davido has expressed his interest in signing her to his record label.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote;

“Cynthia Morgan call me”.

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Cynthia Morgan Opens Up, Reveals How She Lost Everything To Music Executive Jude Okoye [VIDEO]

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Nigerian singer, Cynthia Morgan has spoken up about her travail after an issue she had with the CEO of her former record label ‘Northside Records’, Jude Okoye.

In an Instalive chat with former Miss Globe Nigeria, Cassandra, the dancehall star recalled losing her stage name “Cynthia Morgan”, her VEVO account, royalties, Instagram account and other things due to the contract she signed and the record label issue she had with the music executive.

According to the singer, she had dirts on Jude Okoye and would have won if she pushed further, but she decided at that time that it wasn’t necessary.

She however became depressed thereafter and had to relocate to Benin to save cost for treatment of an illness that almost took her life.

On why she didn’t open up at that time, Cynthia Morgan who now goes with the name “Madrina” said wasn’t ready to talk as she believed it was a phase of life she would surmount. She also admitted that some of colleagues in the music industry reached out to her, but she didn’t say anything because it was all centered on work which she wasn’t ready to get back to then.

The singer who disclosed that she doesn’t want to sign under a label anymore, said she is now open to partnership and hoping to stage a comeback.

 

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A GoFundMe account has been launched by her fans who expressed sympathy over “all she went through” with the hashtag #BringBackCynthinaMorgan.

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Nollywood Actress, Emilia Dike, Slumps And Dies In Enugu

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Nollywood actress, Emilia Dike, is dead. She reportedly died on Wednesday in Enugu after slumping.

Mr Okechukwu Oku, a movie Director, who expressed sadness over the bad news, took to his Instagram page on Thursday @okechukwuoku to announce the death of the actress.

“Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo.

“Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today.

“A woman with a heart of gold, Aah noooo. Will miss you Mrs Dike.

“Nollywood has lost a gem in you. This is messed up,” he wrote.

Some Nollywood stars like Uche Ogbodo, Anita Joseph, Belinda Effah, Ken Erics and others have expressed shock at the news of her passing.

Emilia Dike featured in Nollywood movies such as “Ignorant couples”, “Dust of yesterday”, “Kings Guard”, “Where Money Never Sleep 1 and 2”, and many more.

(NAN)

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