Veteran actor, RMD excited as he joins Oscars Voting Academy

Nigerian veteran movie star, Richard Mofe-Damijo, has expressed excitement after being selected to join the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts, and Sciences, the parent body of the Oscars Award.

The 61-year-old was invited alongside three other Nigerians to join the organisation among the shortlist for 2023 batch.

The Academy announced the new members on Wednesday, and released a list of 398 “distinguished artists and executives”.

In a statement on its website, the selection was made “based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity.”

Academy CEO Bill Kramer and President Janet Yang, in a joint statement, said; “The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership. They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines, and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and on movie fans worldwide.”

In reaction via his Instagram page, RMD who was ecstatic, said his heart was glad. He also tagged the news as his “best birthday present” which came early.

He wrote; “I just kept seeing the messages of congratulations but didn’t know what to make of it. My people did some digging and they confirmed it is on their official website. So, it’s official. Congratulations are in order!.

“Best Birthday present come early! July my birth month comes not only with perfection but plenty gifts! Ps, I don’t know my sponsors for this yet, but when I do, I will say thank you again. My heart is glad!”

Other Nigerians who were also invited include award-winning filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan; Jade Osiberu, the director of Nollywood blockbuster, “Gangs of Lagos”, and AMVCA-winning screen-writer, C.J “Fiery” Obasi.