The three Nigerians, iconic Tunde Kelani, the talented Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and the fast-rising Chinonye Chukwu have made the list of 842 members.
The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences newly released diverse list with Kelani, one of Nigeria’s most acclaimed directors, known for classics like ‘Thunderbolt: Magun’, ‘Saworoide’, ‘Agogo Eewo’, and ‘Dazzling Mirage’. for directing.
He is currently working on the film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s award-winning novel.
Also ‘The Lion and the Jewel’. Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been on a steady rise, standing out in films and TV shows like ‘The Bourne Identity’, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Game of Thrones”. In 2018, he made his directorial debut at TIFF with the auto-biographical ‘Farming’.
Chukwu is the first black woman to win the Sundance Film Festival’s biggest prize for her movie, ‘Clemency’. She is also set to direct the film adaptation of former Black Panther Party chairwoman, Elaine Brown’s memoir, ‘A Taste of Power’.
Recall that all three join actresses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Wunmi Mosaku; film producer and directors Femi Odugbemi and Ngozi Onwurah who made the 2018 list.