Theatre Arts & Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) have asked Movie directors and actors not work with Iyabo Ọjọ́ over her rants on social media during the Baba Ijesha rape saga as the executives of TAMPAN think she has disrespected some industry players with some posts of hers and her words.
TAMPAN made this statement at their meeting following multiple social media rants and disagreements among practitioners, which further led to ordering directors under its guild to stop engaging her services in the industry.
“Our local chapters are disciplined. If you look at the number of practitioners that are misbehaving now, you cannot count ten. We’re about to have some black sheep. As soon as we detect them, we will know what to do,” it said.
“We have all tiers. We have the local government chapter, in which they have a disciplinary committee, provost. If the LG level cannot get it done, they move to the state with the same officers. They can take it to the national level
“If it can’t be handled at that level too, they go to the national executive council. If need be, the board of trustees can come in. We have penalties. Even if the law says you’re free to practice, we can frustrate you out of the industry.”
Jide Kosoko also responded to Nkechi Blessing’s snobbery of its sanction
“If you think you’re above the law [of TAMPAN], we can get you out in our way. You can quote me. Nkechi Blessing has been suspended — because she’s not our member. But we will work against her in this industry,” it added.
“It’s not for them to sink or die. They are our children. If they behave better tomorrow, we will embrace them.”
Recall that Nkechi Blessing and Mr Lege have earlier been suspended from working with producers and directors pending the outcome of their investigation, and this has in turn fueled different reactions from Nigerians asking for the group to also suspend Yomi Fabiyi.
TAMPAN ended the meeting by charging its members to embrace its dispute resolution mechanism rather than go on social media.