Outrage as Oscars Disqualifies Genevieve’s LionHeart For Having Too Much English

Genevieve’s Lionheart, Nigeria’s submission for the Oscars, has been disqualified by the Oscars Board for having “too much English in it,”.

According to The Wrap, Nigeria’s Lionheart has been disqualified from the 92nd Academy Awards race. The film, directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, was vying for a spot in the Best International Feature Film category. Nnaji portrays Adaeze Obiagu, who “tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a male-dominated environment.”

The disqualification decision was announced to category voters in an email on Monday. Lionheart is Nigeria’s first film to ever be submitted to the Oscars.

Most of “Lionheart” is in English with just under 12 minutes of dialogue in the Igbo language, primarily spoken in eastern Nigeria, making it ineligible for the award.

The Wrap reports:

Lionheart, in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria. But it is mostly in English, which violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

The film had not been vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee in advance of the Oct. 7 announcement of qualifying films but was recently viewed and determined not to qualify in a category that until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.

Academy member Ava DuVernay called out the blatant disregard on Twitter Monday asking, “Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language? “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 #OneNigeria,” Nnaji responded on Twitter, thanking DuVernay for bringing attention to the matter.

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G-Worldwide Slams Kizz Daniel with a N500M Lawsuit

Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel embroiled in a contractual dispute with his then-record label, G Worldwide has taken another ugly turn. The issue was his desire to breach the terms of his contract and exit the label without fulfilling the terms of his contract. As a result of the dispute, an injunction prevented him from performing throughout the festive period of December 2017. It also led to him changing his name from ‘Kiss’ to ‘Kizz.’ G Worldwide had trademarked the name, ‘Kiss.

Kizz Daniel
  • General damages – ₦200,000,000
  • Special damages for breach of contract- ₦179,499,957.00
  • ₦150, 000, 000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) for contract exit fees, among other reliefs.

However, starting in 2017, he was able to release music again through his own record label, Flyboy Entertainment and even released his sophomore album, No Bad Songz on the label. But now, G Worldwide has slammed him with another lawsuit totaling N500 million.

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In a matter filed by originating summons G Worlwide and its counsel, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), it seeks legal redress for breach of recording contract against the artiste and infringement of its intellectual property rights by the artiste. The matter is before a High Court sitting in Lagos.

However, when the matter appeared before the High Court on Monday, October 7, 2019, the claimants prayed the court for a stay of proceedings so it can settle the matter via the alternative dispute resolution method, arbitration – a stipulation of the contract signed between both parties.

Another prayer before the court was for an amendment of originating processes. The label also seeks N200,000,000 in general damages and N179,499,957.00 in special damages for breach of contract and N150, 000, 000 for contract exit fees, among other reliefs.

The matter has since been adjourned till January 21, 2020, to hear the Label’s application.

Davido Splash N36 million On Customized Jewelry for Zlatan

Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer, David Adedeji Adeleke aka Davido, splash the sum of $100K (N36million) to purchase customised jewelries for Zlatan Ibile, Skibii and seven other members of his 30BG (30billion gang).

The singer rewarded the Nigerian rapper, songwriter and dancer Omoniyi Temidayo Raphael aka Zlatan Ibile, who is also in the United States of America with a customized neck chain and 30 BG pendant.

Zlatan got his gift from Davido after he attended the 40th birthday of the singer’s big brother and also met his dad, Dr Deji Adeleke.

The delighted Zlatan took to his official Instagram page to show gratitude to Davido.

Davido also gifted his older brother an expensive Rolex wristwatch as his older brother, Ayoola Adeleke marked his 40th birthday.

In the same light, Davido displayed a customized neck chain pendant with the inscription ‘Skibii’ which he bought for Nigerian popular singer, Abbey Elias, aka Skiibii Mayana.

The 30BG crew was also not left out as seven of the members, Davido’s 30BG, Asa Asika, Special Spesh, DJ Ecool, Tungee, Lati and Tycoon got the special 30BG championship ring.

In August 2019, Davido purchased a new diamond finger ring known as the 30BG championship ring worth over N54million. Davido’s 30BG championship ring has 696 diamonds on it.

The expensive jewelry was purchased from Zaheer of Icebox Diamond and Watches in Atlanta, U.S. and he disclosed that Davido’s customized ring was the ‘biggest championship ring he’s ever made with so many carats.’

Tiwa Savage’s 49-99 appears On New York Times Square Billboard

Tiwa Savage‘s new single 44-99 was promoted on the New York Times Square Bill Board.

Excited Tiwa could not hold her joy as she shared the news with her 8 million followers.

New York Times Square.We did say WORLDWIDE release 😝
#49-99 New Single out now watch the visuals on YouTube .Huge shoutout to @youtubemusic ❤️ “

Her new single 4499 is a catch phrase from the great Fela Kuti‘s 1978 Shuffering and Shmiling (44 sittting , 99 standing), Tiwa’s 4499 is about suffering and smiling in today’s Nigeria.