Nigerian media mogul, Mosunmola Abudu, popularly known as Mo Abudu and Nigerian actor and director, Ramsey Nouah have been invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to be members of its 2021 class.
Abudu and Nouah are among the 395 movie creatives the Academy sent invitations to.
The list, which featured prominent people in the movie industry across 50 countries globally was released by the Academy on Thursday.
Miss Abudu was chosen in the producers’ category for her works, ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’, released in 2017 and ‘Òlòturé, released in 2020.
Ramsey Nouah made the actors category for his roles in ’76’, released in 2016, and ‘The Figurine’, released in 2009.
In a statement released by the Academy, the class membership selection were based on professional qualifications, “with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.”
The class is 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 53% international from 49 countries outside of the United States. There are 89 Oscar nominees, including 25 winners, among the invitees.
It added that the number of invitees this year was limited to roughly half that of recent years as a way to “enable steady future growth and to ensure the necessary infrastructure, staff resources and environment to support all Academy members.”
It also said that the Academy’s Board of Governors voted on branch-specific guidelines to be applied in determining this year’s new membership invitees. Oscar winners and nominees were considered without limitation by applicable branches.
Nigerian filmmaker and photographer Andrew Dosunmu was also on the Academy membership list.