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Oscar: Disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ sparks debate on IELTS

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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:

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

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African native doctors hold ceremony to unleash voodoo on George Floyd’s killers (Photos/Video)

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Native doctors in Benin republic organised a ritual ceremony to get justice for George Floyd from the gods.

The ritual ceremony was held for George Floyd but the native doctors also called for justice for other black people killed unjustly in the United States, including Trayvon Martins, Michael Brown, Botham Jean, and Ahmaud Arbery.

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During the ceremony in Dahomey, Benin Republic, a portrait of George Floyd was given pride of place on the altar. Chickens and a ram were killed and the blood was sprinkled around the altar.

Also, during the ritual, George Floyd’s name was mentioned multiple times. His killers were also mentioned as a ‘voodoo hex’ was released on them.

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George Floyd: Trump mocks teargassed protesters, says it was a beautiful scene

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President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has reacted to the US National Guard using tear gas to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota.

Trump described the use of teargas on protesters who took to the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd, a black American who died last month when a white Police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis, as a ‘beautiful scene.’

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Speaking at an event in Dallas, Texas, the president shared his views on efforts made by the Minnesota National Guard to restore order.

Trump said:

It was like a miracle. Just everything stopped. I’ll never forget the scene, it’s not supposed to be a beautiful scene but to me it was. After you watch policemen run out of a police precinct.

“And it wasn’t their fault, they wanted to do what they had to do but they weren’t allowed to do anything but they were running down the street, they weren’t allowed to do what they’re trained to do and they took over the precinct, they essentially burned it down.

“And yes there was some tear gas and probably some other things. And the crowd dispersed and they went through. ‘By the end of the evening… everything was fine and you didn’t hear about that location having problems anymore.”

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Photos from George Floyd’s burial ceremony

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WuzupNigeria has put together photos from the final burial ceremony of George Floyd.

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