Mixed reactions have trailed the selection of ‘Lionheart’, a directorial debut movie by Genevieve Nnaji, veteran Nigerian actress, to represent Nollywood at the 2020 Oscars — especially on social media.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) announced the movie as the country’s submission to the ‘International Feature Film’ category of award — 13 months after the critically acclaimed film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Nnaji had also expressed her gratitude to her fans after ‘Lionheart’ became the first movie from Nigeria to make it to the Oscars.

The announcement was, however, met with varying reactions and argument on social media platforms, especially Twitter.

While some users argued that there were better movies that could have been selected like ‘King of Boys’, others made a rallying call for Nigerians to celebrate the achievement.

“@kemiadetiba king of boys movie should’ve made it to the Oscars… I appreciate Lionheart, but I think King of boys had that Hollywood unpredictable standard,” a Twitter user said.

“So Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ will represent Nigeria at 2020 Oscars. Can we all just celebrate that? it’s not a time to be dividing ourselves & bring tribalism into it or be comparing it to another movie, Just support the choice or keep it moving. For once, be united,” another user said.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:

 



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