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⏳ Trivia Time

Question: Which film, directed by a Nigerian filmmaker, was selected as Nigeria's submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021?

A) "Lionheart" directed by Genevieve Nnaji
B) "The Milkmaid" directed by Desmond Ovbiagele
C) "King of Boys" directed by Kemi Adetiba

Scroll to the very bottom for the answer.

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Answer: B) "The Milkmaid" directed by Desmond Ovbiagele
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