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Nigeria’s MILKMAID Misses out on this Year’s Oscars’ List for International Feature Film

The Milkmaid, a Nigerian movie on insurgency has been dropped from this years shortlist of International Feature Film (IFF) category.

The category which celebrates movies made outside Hollywood had shortlisted the Hausa language movie, making it the second Nigerian movie to be shortlisted for the award, after 2019’s Lionheart.

As it was with Lionheart, which eventually didn’t make the cut based on grounds of language defect, Milkmaid which has an IMDB rating of 6.7, has also been disqualified.

Speaking on the setback, Victor Akande, the Spokesman of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC), said that Milkmaid was one of the 93 International movies that were initially shortlisted, but failed to make the final shortlist of 15.

“This is to thank you for your help towards the journey of The Milkmaid movie in this year’s Oscars.”

“It is unfortunate that we (Nigeria) couldn’t make it to the next shortlist, but it was indeed a worthy attempt, and we can only say: Tomorrow’s another day.”

The movie was written, produced and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele.

“It is our belief that Nigeria will come out even stronger next year, and we will continue to count on your support. On behalf of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) and the team of The Milkmaid, I say thank you once again.”


Written, produced and directed by Desmond Ovbiagele, The Milkmaid is a Hausa language-based thriller on insurgency, especially as it affects women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by the image on Nigeria’s 10 Naira note, the film tells the story of a Fulani milkmaid who confronts extremists in a rural African community, in a quest to locate her missing sister, and how efforts to recapture her disrupted past prove complicated.

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