Hollywood has been rocked by calls for inclusion by those who have been in the minority for years. From campaigns like #MeToo calling out directors and top stars who sexually abuse upcoming actors, to #OscarsSoWhite campaign, there is a demand for a change in how things are done.
It seems the Academy is responding in the best way it can by treating the diversity issue in its ranks. The Academy has this year invited 928 new people from 59 countries to join its voting board. 49% of the invitees are women and 38% of them are people of colour – and one of the many creatives invited is Nigerian veteran actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
The Nollywood actress, who made her debut in 1995, took to Instagram to share her joy at the invite. Popularly known as Omosexy, her role in the 2010 romantic drama ‘A Private Storm’ and 2012 thriller ‘Last Flight to Abuja’ were cited as the reasons for her nomination.
She is, however, not the only Nigerian on the list. She is joined by Gidi Blues director, Femi Odugbemi and British-Nigerian up-and-comer, Wunmi Mosaku.
With over 300 movie appearances, Omotola sure knows what it takes to give an award-winning interpretation of a role.
The Academy invites notable industry professionals ranging from Actors to Writers, and two categories, Members-at-Large and Associates to accommodate individuals who have no defined branches in motion picture.
It is the world’s pre-eminent movie related organisation, comprised of over eight thousand accomplished men and women working in cinema.