Popular Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji has expressed her thanks to The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, after it extended an invitation for her to join as a new member.
The three Nigerians who made this year’s invitee list are; Genevieve Nnaji, Akin Omotoso and Cynthia Erivo.
Nnaji took to Twitter to express her gratitude, describing it as an honour to join The Academy which released its list of new members, alongside 819 invitees.
“I’m honored to be a member of the family. Thank you @TheAcademy !!” she wrote.
— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) July 1, 2020
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde made the 2018 list in the company of Simon Onwurah to become members of The Academy.
For its 2020 membership, 45% of the new members will be women and 36% people of colour if if all 819 invitees accept their invitations. International make-up is 49% from 68 countries. This is in line with the Academy’s effort to make its members more diverse.
“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” Academy president, David Rubin said in a statement.
“We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one. We are committed to staying the course.
“I cannot give enough thanks to all our members and staff who worked on the A2020 initiative and to our head of Member Relations and Awards, Lorenza Muñoz, for her leadership and passion in guiding us through to this point and helping to set the path going forward. We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.