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Oscar: Disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ sparks debate on IELTS


Oscar: Disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ sparks debate on IELTS

The disqualification of Nigeria’s ‘Lionheart’ in the race for Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category, has sparked furious reactions from social media users.

The movie made by actress-turned-director Genevieve Nnaji, was disqualified by The Academy for being mostly in English.

Lion Heart which is not excluded from entering other Oscar categories including consideration for best picture

The film has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in Igbo language, while the remaining 94-minutes is in English.

Nigerians on social media are criticising the Academy over the disqualification, as others question the need for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if foreign nations can be complaining about the use of ‘too much English’ in a movie by a country whose native language is English.

IELTS is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers seeking to work, study or live in an English-speaking country.

IELTS is synonymous to TOEFL which also tests the English speaking skill of non-native speakers seeking to study in English-speaking universities.

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In a series of reactions, some furious Nigerians described the disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ as another form of racism and modern day colonialism.

@Brainboxonyeka made a call for the scrapping of TOEFL and IELTS for Nigerians who wish to study abroad.

A Twitter user wrote:

Reacting to the disqualifice

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Another tweeted:

Another user questioned what Nigerian leaders discuss when they get to Commonwealth, an organisation of nations colonised by the British.

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