Nollywood actress Funke Akindele has published an official statement following the invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
This is coming several days after her husband, JJC Skillz took to his Instagram page to announce the end of their 7-year marriage.
Taking to her Instagram page on Saturday evening, July 2, Funke expressed excitement over the Oscar invitation saying she was so happy.
According to the mother of two, getting an invitation as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences under the actors’ category is such a big deal.
Wow!!!! I’m so happy!!! Getting an invitation as a member of THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES (class of 2022) under the category of ACTORS is such a BIG DEAL
Thank you @theacademy @realchiomaude I’m so honoured!! #funkeakindelefans #jenifans you all rock
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On June 28, 2022, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 397 new members to join, including Oscar best original song winner Billie Eilish, “50 Shades” star Jamie Dornan and recent supporting actress and actor winners Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) and Troy Kotsur (“CODA”).
Members are chosen for their professional qualifications, “with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority,” the Academy announced Tuesday.
Members’ duties include voting on Academy Awards.
The 2022 class is 44% women, 37% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 50% are from 53 countries and territories outside the U.S. The invitees include 71 Oscar nominees and 15 winners.