Minister Hails Nigerian Film Selected For 2021 Oscars

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

lauded the emergence of ‘The Milkmaid’ as Nigeria’s representative in

the International Feature Film category of the 2021 Oscars.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said the film

is a testament to the progress which the local film industry has made

in the areas of professionalism and international competitiveness,

while also highlighting Nigeria’s potential as a viable destination

for cutting edge film productions.

He pledged government’s full support for ‘The Milkmaid’s’ success at

the 2021 Oscars, and urged all Nigerians to fully support the film’s

quest for a noteworthy run at the 93rd Oscars.

The film was selected by the 12-member Nigeria Official Selection

Committee (NOSC), having followed and met the prescribed procedures by

the United States’ Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences

(AMPAS).

The selection of ‘The Milkmaid’ was officially announced on December

1st, 2020 by the NOSC, headed by a filmmaker and education

administrator, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi.

Written, produced and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele, ‘The Milkmaid’ is

a Hausa language-based thriller spotlighting insurgency and extremism,

especially as they affect women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The film, which recently garnered eight nominations at the 2020 Africa

Movie Academy Awards. narrates the story of a Fulani milkmaid who

confronts extremists in a rural African community in a quest to locate

her missing sister, and details how efforts to recapture her disrupted

past became complicated.

The film, while supremely entertaining, simultaneously sensitizes and

facilitates insights into the predicament of victims of insurgency,

especially women and children, thereby contributing to ongoing efforts

aimed at eradicating extremism from the society.

Technically crafted to the highest international cinematic standards,

The Milkmaid showcases the natural beauty of Nigeria’s topography such

as the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba state, while highlighting the

richness of the subregion’s colourful Hausa and Fulani cultures.

The Executive Producer of The Milkmaid, Dr. Oluseun Sowemimo, is a

US-based Nigerian surgeon.

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