By Jeremiah O. Onoge (DGN)

Renowned actress and filmmaker Stephanie Linus has been officially announced as the new Chairperson of the The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Best International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars.

This is an aftermath of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) approval for the formation of a restructured 14-member NOSC team and the subsequent departure of its founder and previous Chairperson, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi.

Stephanie Linus as Chairman

The reconstituted members of the NOSC also include the President of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Dr. Victor Okhai; the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Dr. Chidia Maduekwe; veteran actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde; former President of DGN, Mr. Andy Amenechi; theater practitioner, Yibo Koko and writer/director Izu Ojukwu.

Other members include cinematographer, Adetokunbo ‘DJ Tee’ Odubawo; prolific film producer Emem Isong; director Dimeji Ajibola; writer/director Jude Idada, Ngozi Okafor, director John Njamah and actress/polyglot Meg Otanwa.

The newly formed NOSC team will be tasked with collecting, screening, and voting on entries to represent Nigeria in the IFF category ahead of the 96th Academy Awards in the upcoming year

According to the NOSC, this committee brings people of diverse creative portfolios into the dynamics of selecting the best film from Nigeria.

The IFF (formerly Best Foreign Language) Award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length film produced outside the United States that contains 50 percent or more non-English dialogue.
It is instructive to note that the Academy requires that submitted films must meet other criteria, including accurate English subtitles, shooting formats, and theatrical releases – details of which are available on the NOSC website

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Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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