Nigerian film ‘Mami Wata’ could make history as 1st Pidgin English movie to be nominated for an Oscar

Stephen Nartey December 21, 2023
Mami Water/Photo credit: CNN/Fiery Film Company

The Nigerian film “Mami Wata” stands a chance of making history as the first pidgin English movie to secure an Oscar nomination. It follows the submission of “Mami Wata” for the Best International Feature Film in the 96th Academy Awards.

The movie, directed by C.J. “Fiery” Obasi, is gaining acclaim in the world of cinema, emerging from the vibrant African film scene.

Obasi’s journey with “Mami Wata” began after a career setback, leading him to an otherworldly vision of the deity Mami Wata. This vision inspired his latest film, which premiered at Sundance and is Nigeria’s current Oscar submission for Best International Feature Film.

The movie explores the clash between ancient beliefs and modernity in the seaside town of Iyi, focusing on the struggles of its leader Mama Efe, and her daughter Zinwe, offering a unique perspective on faith, unrest, and spirituality, as reported by Indie Wire.

Mami Wata’s path to the Oscars has not been without challenges, particularly due to religious undertones. The movie was financed by private investors from Nigeria, the U.K., and France and was shot in Benin and using Pidgin as its primary language.

A potential Oscar nomination for “Mami Wata” will signify a breakthrough for Pidgin English films and amplify the diverse voices of African storytelling globally.

As anticipation builds for the 96th Academy Awards, the prospect of “Mami Wata” securing a nomination underscores the profound impact of cinema and the enduring significance of cultural narratives on the international stage, according to BNN Breaking.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: December 21, 2023


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