TAMPAN SUSPENDS YOMI FABIYI INDEFINITELY OVER CONTROVERSIAL FILM
The association found Yomi Fabiyi guilty of gross professional misconduct and unethical practices.
The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has suspended actor Yomi Fabiyi indefinitely over his controversial feature film ‘Oko Iyabo’.
According to a press statement released on July 9, 2021, the association found the actor guilty of a number of misconducts including attempting to cause social crisis with the film, using the real names of the people involved and factual events without their consent, and negatively impacting the reputation of the association.
The statement further revealed that while Fabiyi insisted that it was well within his human rights to produce the film, his co-director, Dele Matti admitted guilt and was suspended for three months.
Recall the directors were invited to appear before the association’s Ethnic, Conflict and Resolution committee on Thursday July 8, 2021. The cast of the movie have also been summoned to appear before the committee on July 24, 2021.
Fabiyi’s ‘Oko Iyabo’ sparked outrage after a scene from the film went viral on Monday. In the scandalous scene, Fabiyi depicted the CCTV footage of Baba Ijesha molesting his 14-year-old victim but depicted her as a consenting adult in a romantic relationship with the embattled actor.
TAMPAN BANS DIRECTORS FROM WORKING WITH IYABO OJO AND NKECHI BLESSING
TAMPAN revealed that the decision was made in the wake of recent allegations of disrespect from the actresses.
The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has barred its registered directors from hiring or working with actresses Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing.
TAMPAN executives at a recent press briefing instructed that its members desist from working with the actresses over claims that they have, in recent times, disrespected the association on social media.
Speaking on behalf of TAMPAN, Jide Kosoko revealed that though the actresses are not members, the association will not be constantly disrespected by allegations made on social media by them.
The association also threatened to frustrate the actresses out of the film industry despite their non-membership status.
TAMPAN’s press statement reads:
The attention of the Board of Trustees of TAMPAN and Elders of the Motion Picture Industry, especially of the Yoruba sector, have been drawn to the malicious damages being done to our sector by some unruly individuals that lack any iota of discipline and seeming to feel to be above the law.
“As you may be aware, certain unpleasant things have happened lately that has dragged the name of our association, TAMPAN in particular and the industry in general in the mud, which in totality are against what we stand for as individuals and as a group of professionals.
We particularly observe the continuous derogatory statements made by Iyabo Ojo against the Association and the industry as a whole.
“Please note that we are not against her stand on the issue of alleged rape or sexual assault as the case maybe, which the Association and individuals have equally condemned at one time or the other, as we believe only a person without conscience will support rape or sexual assault in any form. However, Iyabo Ojo’s reckless accusations, abuses and embarrassment of our sector is also totally condemned.
“Unfortunately, Nkechi Blessing has also joined in the Ignoble tirades against the Association and by extension, the industry and we say enough is enough!
“As pioneers of this noble industry, if we fold our arms and allow the continuous blackmail that send negative signals across the world to go unchecked, the current situation that had impugned on our integrity will continue to grow to the detriment of humble practitioners, whose only source of livelihood is the practice of indigenous language movies (promoting Language to preserve culture).”
Recall that this will not be the first time the association will bar Nkechi Blessing. The actress was barred alongside actor, Adams Kehinde over their online scuffle amid Baba Ijesha child molestation case.
The association later withdrew its position on Kehinde after he presented an apology to the association.
Speaking on the association’s position on the ongoing Baba Ijesha case, veteran actor Bolaji Amusan aka Mr Latin said:
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