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Oscar Selection: Washington Congratulates Genevieve Nnaji Using Igbo language

Nollywood superstar actress, Genevieve Nnaji, is making waves in the movie and film industry following the Oscar nomination of her film, Lionheart.

The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC), had shortlisted Lionheart to represent the country in the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.

Announcing the decision on October 2, 2019, the group said, they arrived at their decision, following a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora.

Reacting to the selection of ‘Lionheart’ to represent Nigeria, Nnaji had written,

“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen #LionHeartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film! We are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far.”

Among the many fans and wellwishers that have congratulated Genny as she is fondly called for this historic feat, one easily stands out. Hollywood actress, Kerry Washington took to her Twitter page to congratulate the ‘Road To Yesterday’ actress and most notable for many was the use of Igbo language in the congratulatory message. She wrote:

“This is glorious!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also… Anyi nwere ike i ga rie nri ehihie n’oge n’adighi anya? ji.”

Washington’s message is simply celebrating the commendable feat and also inviting Nnaji for a lunch date.

To this, Nnaji responded,

“Nwunye anyi daalu. Ka eme ya ngwa maka anyi nwere okwu. Love you sis.”

It is noteworthy that Washington is married to former student NFL player and actor Nnamdi Asomugha, a Nigerian-Igbo.

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