Why Oscar disqualified Nigeria film?

The Oscars is already embroiled in its first race row of the season as it bans Nigeria’s film submission – because it’s in English.

The Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s film from the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay , 47, has spoken out against the submission axing and publicly voiced her complaint to The Oscars.

Films in this category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track”, however, Lionheart is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo language.

Ava slammed the disqualification and pointed out that English happens to be the official language of Nigeria on account of its history as a British colony.

The American filmmaker shared her frustration with her 2.3 million followers.

She wrote: “To The Academy, you disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English.

“But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?”

Lionheart was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria and director Genevieve Nnaji said the film represented how Nigerians communicate.

 

Nnaji thanked Ava for her support and announced on Twitter :

 

“Thank you so much Ava. I am the director of Lionheart.

“This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country; thereby making us one Nigeria.”

The director continued:

“It’s no different to how French connects communities in former French colonies. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian.”

According to The Wrap , The Academy announced the disqualification to voters in the category in an email on Monday

The film was scheduled to screen for voters on Wednesday in a double bill with the Honduran entry, but it’s viewing has now been cancelled.

 

Lionheart, which is currently streaming on Netflix , is about a Nigerian woman trying to keep her father’s company going in a society dominated by men.

Frontrunners in the category include South Korea’s Parasite, Spain’s Pain and Glory and France’s Les Miserables.

The Best Foreign Language Oscar was first awarded in 1956, and the name of the recognition changed in 2019 to Best International Feature Film.

 

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Trafficking ring accused of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution in France went on trial.

Twenty-four alleged members of a trafficking ring accused of forcing Nigerian women into prostitution in France went on trial Wednesday in the latest case to highlight the increasing use of migrants as sex slaves in Europe.

Only one of the 17 complainants was present for the first appearance of the accused in the court in Lyon — 10 women and 14 men, all but one Nigerian.

They risk 10 years’ imprisonment on charges, including human trafficking, pimping, money laundering and helping people live illegally in France.

 

Nigeria was the main country of origin of the tens of thousands of migrants who arrived in Italy by boat in 2016 and 2017.

Many were women and girls lured to Europe with false promises of jobs as hairdressers or seamstresses only to find themselves selling sex to repay their smugglers.

Nigerians outnumber Chinese or Eastern European sex workers on the streets of France and some other European countries.

 

Last year, 15 members of a Paris-based, female-led pimping ring known as the “Authentic Sisters” — many themselves former trafficking victims — were jailed for up to 11 years for forcing girls into slavery in France.

Similar gangs have been dismantled in Italy and Britain.

The investigation in Lyon, where police estimate half the city’s sex workers are Nigerian, began after authorities received a tip-off about a Nigerian pastor accused of exploiting sex workers who lived in apartments he owned.

Months of police wiretaps and surveillance led to the arrest of the suspects between September 2017 and January 2018.

The prosecution has presented the pastor as the kingpin of a family-based syndicate that includes one of Europe’s most wanted women, Jessica Edosomwan, accused of recruiting destitute women in Nigeria for the sex trade in Lyon, Nimes and Montpellier in France.

Edosomwan, who is believed to be on the run in Europe, will be tried in her absence.

From prostitution to pimping

The UN estimates that 80 percent of young Nigerian women arriving in Italy — usually their first port of call in Europe —  are already in the clutches of prostitution networks, or quickly fall under their control.

The accused in Lyon allegedly covered the entire gamut of sex trafficking activities, from iron-fisted “madams” and violent pimps to the drivers of vans in which the women performed sex acts, and those who laundered the proceeds.

Prosecutors estimate the victims, aged 17 to 38, made up to 150,000 euros ($166,000) a month for the syndicate by selling sex for as little as 10 euros.

Most of the women come from Benin City, capital of Nigeria’s southern Edo State, a human trafficking hotbed.

Many told investigators they had taken part in “juju” or black magic rituals before leaving Nigeria, during which they had to promise to repay the money for their passage to Europe.

The trip often started with a perilous trek across the Sahara Desert to Libya, then across the Mediterranean to Italy, and finally to Lyon.

The victims’ lawyers told the court Wednesday the women were absent because they feared coming under pressure from the accused or their representatives at court.

Unusually, one of the 17 victims in the case is also among the accused: a 28-year-old former prostitute who was released from sex slavery after paying off her debts only to then bring another young woman from Nigeria.

She was the only victim present.

 

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How Turkey captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wife.

ANKARA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Islamic State leader killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces.

“The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this,” Erdogan said.

“But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother in law in Syria,” he said in a speech at Ankara University. He gave no details.

 

A senior Turkish official said earlier this week that Turkey had captured Baghdadi’s sister, her husband and daughter-in-law, and hoped to gain intelligence from them about Islamic State, although Ankara has not said what knowledge they may have had about the group’s operations.

Baghdadi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself caliph of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before Islamic State’s control was wrested away by a U.S.-led coalition.

 

World leaders have welcomed his death, but they and security experts warned that the group, also known as ISIS, which carried out atrocities against religious minorities and horrified most Muslims, remained a security threat in Syria and beyond.

 

Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said two of Baghdadi’s wives had also been killed at the site of last month’s raid.

The group said a successor to Baghdadi, identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had been appointed. A senior U.S. official said last week that Washington was looking at the new leader to determine where he came from. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay Writing by Dominic Evans)

 

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Sowore, co-defendants have met bail conditions, will be freed today – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, have met the bail conditions imposed on them in respect of their trial on charges of treasonable felony.

Falana, who is their lawyer, said the defendants would be freed later on Wednesday.

 

He said, “I have already explained to the learned prosecuting counsel that we are encumbered by the refusal of the State Security Service to allow us to prepare for the defence of the defendants.

“I had already asked my learned counsel for the prosecution, that we are confident that the defendants will be freed today (Wednesday) from the custody of the SSS having met the bail conditions imposed on them by this honourable court.

“Once they are liberated from the custody of the SSS, we will be in a position to take full instruction from them.”

id this while asking for an adjournment of the case on the grounds that the Department of State Service in whose custody the defendants have been detained and from where they were produced in court on Wednesday.

 

Mr. Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika (SAN), who appeared for the second defendant at the Wednesday’s proceedings, also confirmed the development.

But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Hassan Liman (SAN), opposed the application for adjournment on the grounds that the charges were filed and served on the defendants as far back as September 20.

He said the defendants had “ample time and opportunity to prepare for their defence”.

 

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How Osibajo aides were whittle down by the cabals in the Presidency

A report by Daily Nigerian indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of at least 35 out of over 80 aides in the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to the report, the affected aides, who were issued appointment letters in August 2019, included some senior special assistants, special assistants, personal assistants and technical assistants.

Sources quoted in the report but preferred anonymity, said the aides may be formally issued their sack letters on Wednesday, November 6.

 

Preparatory to their eventual dismissal, the aides were reportedly posted out to some line ministries relevant to their designation last month.

The move was allegedly to deny them access to the Presidential Villa and reduce the influence of the vice president in the seat of power.

“Although more than half of the aides are under the payroll of donor agencies, the cabal eased them out in order to whittle down the influence of the vice president,” a source quoted in the report said.

“None of them were queried or interdicted for any wrongdoing. It is not about cutting cost, because no aide was sacked in the president’s office nor office of the First Lady, where six more aides appointed less than one month ago. They were just sacked to reduce the VP’s influence,” he added.

 

Last month, a media report indicated that Osinbajo has not been left off the hook by a powerful cabal in the presidency.

According to the report, some powerful persons in the seat of power are united in their bid to frustrate the vice president ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Although he has not formally declared his interest, there are talks of the vce president angling to replace his boss in 2023.

Sources quoted in the report say the cabal have adopted another strategy to facilitate their plot, which is that they are now bringing together “a new array of forces, including former key federal government officials, and at least, one of his staunchest political allies to wage the ongoing political fight in the presidency.”

 

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How Senator Biodun Olujimi was declared winner by appeal court.

The Court of Appeal has sacked spokesman of the Nigerian Senate, Adedayo Adeyeye, as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South senatorial district in the upper chamber of legislature.

Adeyeye, a former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The appellant court declared Senator Biodun Olujimi of the PDP winner of the election.

 

Olujimi, a former principal officer in the 8th senate, is a former deputy governor of Ekiti state. She had won the case at the lower tribunal in the state weeks back.

The news, which is making the rounds on social media, has triggered some reactions from Nigerians.

Legit.ng reported earlier that the Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi on Friday, November 1 upheld the election of Senator Gabriel Suswam representing Benue North-East senatorial district.

 

Senator Suswam, a former governor of Benue state who is of the PDP, defeated Chief Mimi Orubibi of the APC.

 

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Kim Kardashian Gives Her Mom Surprise Birthday Gift — Information Nigeria

Kim Kardashian, Kris JennerAmerican reality TV star, Kim Kardashian has taken to social media to reveal how she surprised her mom, Kris Jenner for her birthday. Kim revealed she surprised her mom with a party at their childhood home. In her words; “Today we celebrate my mom. Anyone that knows her, knows how sentimental she…

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How Balogun Market in Lagos was engulfed with fire yesterday.

Reports reaching Daily Sun indicate that there is a major fire incident inside the Balogun market area of Lagos Island, Lagos.

Eyewitnesses report that the fire has engulfed a major building and surrounding properties at the Mandilas district of the market.

 

There are no reports of casualties, with LASEMA spokesman Nosa Okumbo telling Daily Sun that emergency personnel are on ground to attend to the situation.

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A building is currently being engulfed by fire inside balogun market, Lagos Island, properties are being destroyed and the fire has currently extended to buildings around.

 

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