Whilst Nigerian actress and filmmaker, Genevieve Nnaji is pissed off over the Oscars disqualifying her much-hailed and talked about movie, “Lion Heart”, Ghanaian US-based Filmmaker, Leila Djansi is rather punching those criticising the Academy for dumping the movie.
Nigerians were all hopeful that Genevieve’s movie was going to make it to the Oscars but fortunately, that never happened over the simple fact that the usage of the English Language dominated in the movie.
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According to Leila Djansi, all those lashing out and bashing the Oscars for doing the right thing should go to hell or better still, create their own Awards Scheme and honour their movies because the Oscars has its own rules which work no matter the status of the Filmmaker.
Leila Djansi in a Facebook post said;
“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.
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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”.