Funke Akindele, a producer and actress from Nigeria, has been invited to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or the Oscars, in 2022.
The actress, better known by her stage name Jenifa, is one of 397 artists and executives that the organization has invited to participate in the membership selection process.
“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 397 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures,” read a statement from the prestigious body.
According to the letter of invitation, Funke was chosen for her parts in the hit films “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” and “Jenifa,” and she is the only Nigerian among the 53 foreign nationals who were chosen for the group, along with Daniel K. Daniel from “The Fugitive” and “A Soldier’s Story.”
“Membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority,” the statement read further. “The 2022 class is 44% women, 37% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 50% are from 53 countries and territories outside the United States.”
The honor comes amid rumors that Funke and her husband, Abdul Bello, are having a marriage issue and are divorcing.