This week has not been the very best in the life of Nigerian filmmaker cum actress, Genevieve Nnaji taking into consideration the fact that her timeless movie christened “Lionheart” was disqualified from the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category.
As a result, opinions have been divided pertaining to the unfortunate development as several school of thoughts have popped up explaining what triggered the disqualification of “Lionheart”.
Leila Djansi, US-based Ghanaian filmmaker, has added her candid opinion to the ongoing brouhaha. Taking to her Facebook page, Leila Djansi expressed her dissatisfaction in reference to those chastising the Academy for disqualifying “Lionheart” by Genevieve.
According to Leila, the Academy have their own rules making British films fail to be cited perhaps due to the use of English Language. She therefore made it emphatic that all those who’re pissed off at the Academy should consider organising their own awards.
Read her full statement below:
“Why are folks chastising the Academy? They have their rules. British films do not qualify for International film either because of English Language.
Oscars are American. Only their English films have that sole preserve. Deal with it.
Please goan create your own award, like the Brits did and include your films.
“I personally like that we’re being forced to embrace our local dialects. Make films in your mother tongue, not your colonial tongue. The worst films are the ones where the actors don’t understand the subtext cos English is not their first language and yet they’ll be struggling to speak with American accent! Even the teacher teaching the English is substituting He for she, or teaching your kids English vowels with vernacular pronunciation 🤣. Ah, eh, ee, oh, oooo instead of a e i o u. The citizen majority speak terrible English with no depth of understanding.
“The fabric of a story has to be honest. Africans speak English primarily in formal settings. When boys boys meet, they speak pidgin. I speak Ewe with my friends. We speak English when we all don’t have the same language. Even then, I speak Ewe to my American friends here and force them to speak few words. The world must know Ewe exists!
“You want to include Africa? start by making our local parlance acceptable.
God used language to divide people and he again used language to unify us.
Too many African wars have been fought because we did not speak each others language. Kids in Ghana are learning Chinese but cannot speak the language or dialect spoken in a Ghanaian city 3 hours away from them! That’s a shame. Schools in Volta should be teaching Hausa, or Ga or Fante, not Ewe! Schools In Accra should be teaching Ewe, or Dagomba. This is how we build a united country.