This is a significant moment for the Oscars, with the country that boasts one of the largest film industries in the world – the famed Nollywood – entering the international feature competition for the first time.
Nollywood star Nnaji made her directorial debut with the film at Toronto 2018. She also stars as Adaeze, a woman in a male-dominated industry who steps up to run her father’s company when he falls sick and must work alongside her incompetent uncle. It is the first Netflix Original title to come from Nigeria. The choice was made by the 12-person Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee, which was inaugurated in 2014 but unable to find a film meeting the selection criteria until now.