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Kerry Washington Uses Igbo To Congratulate Genevieve Nnaji On Oscar Selection

It is no longer news, that Nollywood superstar actress, Genevieve Nnaji is the rave of the moment after her film, Lionheart scored an Oscar nomination.

Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ was selected by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) to represent the country in the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars. The group announced the selection on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, following a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora.

Kerry Washington

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 15: Kerry Washington attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California. Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NAACP /AFP

Reacting to the selection of ‘Lionheart’ to represent Nigeria, Nnaji had written,

“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen #LionHeartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film! We are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far.”

Among the many fans and wellwishers that have congratulated Genny as she is fondly called for this historic feat, one easily stands out. Hollywood actress, Kerry Washington took to her Twitter page to congratulate the ‘Road To Yesterday’ actress and most notable for many was the use of Igbo language in the congratulatory message. She wrote:

“This is glorious!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also… Anyi nwere ike i ga rie nri ehihie n’oge n’adighi anya? ji.”

Washington’s message is simply celebrating the commendable feat and also inviting Nnaji for a lunch date.

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji. Photo Getty

To this, Nnaji responded,

“Nwunye anyi daalu. Ka eme ya ngwa maka anyi nwere okwu. Love you sis.”

It is noteworthy that Washington is married to former student NFL player and actor Nnamdi Asomugha, a Nigerian-Igbo.

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