Stephanie Linus, a Nollywood actress, has been named the new chairman of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film (IFF) category.
The statement was made on Tuesday, only days after the actress revealed the face of her second son, Welsay, seven years after the birth of their first son, Maxwell.
Mrs Linus was appointed chairman when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the Oscars, accepted the formation of a restructured 14-member NOSC panel following Mrs Anyaene-Abonyi’s departure.
Remember that NOSC founder Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi recently stepped down as committee chairman.
The NOSC also includes actors Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Meg Otanwa, as well as film director John Njamah, according to the announcement.
Theatre practitioner Yibo Koko, filmmaker Izu Ojukwu, and cinematographer Adetokunbo Adebanwo are among returning members.
Although they were not on the committee last year, Victor Okhai, head of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), and producer Ngozi Okafor return.
Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, managing director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), former DGN president Andy Amenechi, film producer Emem Isong, filmmaker Dimeji Ajibola, and writer Jude Idada are new members of the NOSC.
According to the NOSC, the new members’ list “brings people with diverse creative portfolios into the dynamics of selecting the best film from Nigeria.”