‘Mami Wata’, a 2023 Nigerian black-and-white fantasy film, has been submitted for the International Feature Film category of the 2024 Oscars, or the 96th Academy Awards.
The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) announced on Sunday the submission of “Mami Wata” for 2024 OSCARS. NOSC chairperson Stephanie Linus lauded the film for its unique story about the West African goddess. CJ Obasi’s “Mami Wata” was also the first Nigerian film to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
‘Mami Wata’ is written and directed by C.J. “Fiery” Obasi. The story of the film is based on West African folklore. The story is set in a village. The cast of the film includes Evelyne Ily Juhen as Prisca, Uzoamaka Aniunoh as Zinwe, Kelechi Udegbe as Jabi, Emeka Amakeze as Jasper, Rita Edochie as Mama Efe, Tough Bone as Ero, and Jakob Kerstan as Johnny.
At the Sundance Film Festival, the Nigerian film won prestigious awards. Lílis Soares, the cinematographer, won the Special Jury Prize in the World Dramatic Competition at the film festival.
The film received three awards at FESPACO – Prix de la Critique Paulin S. Vieyra (African Critics Award), Meilleure Image (Cinematography Award) and Meilleur Décor (Set Design Award).
The film also got 12 nominations at the 19th Africa Movie Academy Awards, the highest of any Nigerian film.
Entries for the 2024 Oscar for best international feature film
Malaysia’s Tiger Stripes
Nigeria’s Mami Wata
Argentina: The Delinquents
Vietnam: Glorious Ashes
Singapore: The Breaking Ice
Bolivia: The Visitor
Colombia: A Male
The 2024 OSCARS
The 2024 OSCARS will take place on 10 March, 2024. The nomination announcement will take place on 23 January, 2024. The submission deadline for general categories is November 18, 2023. Voting will start on December 18 and the results will be announced on December 21. The voting period will run from January 11 to January 16, 2024.