An Oscars ban for a Nigerian film shows the Academy still doesnt get it on race | Afua Hirsch

Excluding Lionheart for using English shows Africans are still expected to satisfy American ideas of authenticity, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch The penny about the USs worldview dropped for me when I recently interviewed a highly educated, accomplished, politically and racially literate American. I mentioned something about the British empire and he looked at me blankly. What is that exactly? he asked. This isnt a criticism of individual Americans; many British people themselves dont know their own imperial history. Its a feature of what is taught in schools and purveyed in the media, which is myopic. But news about the 2020 Oscars this week did bring that particular exchange back to mind. The Academy was considering a Nollywood film industry …