Genevieve also calls it an “honor to be a part of such a pivotal moment in the history of Nigerian cinema.”
The actress turned filmmaker was reacting to the selection of her directorial film debut, Lionheart, as Nigerian’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards.
In a short statement released on Instagram, Genevieve Nnaji also expressed gratitude for the support and recognition, declaring she’s “proud to carry the torch.”
The statement in full:
“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen @lionheartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film! This is the first entry ever for Nigeria.
“It’s an honor to be a part of such a pivotal moment in the history of Nigerian cinema. A moment we know will be replicated as our stories continue to resonate with audiences around the world.
“On behalf of the entire LIONHEART team and TEN Productions, we are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far. (red heart emoji) ??”