Following the Academy’s decision to diversify, top profiled Africans and professionals in the movie industry have been invited to become members of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the organisation that votes on the Academy Awards.
Among the top profiled industry professionals invited are; Don Edkins from South Africa , Femi Odugbemi from Nigeria, Wanuri Kahiu from Kenya, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde from Nigeria, Steven Markovitz from South Africa, Pedro Pimenta from Mozambique, Dora Bouchoucha, and many more.
Being a member of the academy means that these top profiled individuals will be able to cast their votes for various categories in the Academy Awards.
The new selected members have expressed their elation to the invite. Nigerian Filmmaker Femi Odugbemi wrote on his instagram handle:
“So today, I received a formal invitation to become a voting member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States. Honoured! #Oscars #Vote4bestfilm.”
Edkins also expressed: “I’m extremely honoured to be invited to join the Academy in the documentary branch, and hope that it will allow for a greater focus on the African film industry as well as a respect for African filmmakers. The invitees from across Africa are all well respected and their inclusion will rightfully put African cinema in its place on the global stage”.
A total number of 928 new members were invited to join the academy.