There are indications that president of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabor Fiberesima, the association’s erstwhile leaders, Ejike Asiegbu and foremost filmmaker, Gab Okoye among others are not in support of the meeting which held last Wednesday, between some members of the entertainment industry and Senator Pius Anyim Pius, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF).

The SGF, had invited some entertainers to a meeting, convened by actor Kanayo O. Kanayo, asking for the inputs of artistes in the proposed 100-year-of-Nigeria project which the federal government wants to celebrate, using the entertainment industry as a driver.

A statement by a faction of producers’ association indicates that some filmmaker are aggrieved that the meeting was convened by an individual actor, who was alleged to have handpicked his close associates in the industry to attend the parley.

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According to Alex Eyengho, president of Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP), in the absence of a central association to the film industry, regulatory agencies like the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) or National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) should have been used to reach out to members.

“Let me make it clear that neither ANCOP nor I, as the President is against this interactive session with Nollywood. I am aware that the SFG held similar sessions with other sectors. If and when the government wants to meet with Nigerian journalists, it goes straight through the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), for Lawyers it’s the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), for Accountants it is mainly ICAN, for Doctors it is NMA, for Advertisers it is APCON. Government even knows how to centrally reach transporters, Okada riders, market women etc. The session Senator Anyim had was not with Nollywood but with Kanayo O. Kanayo and those he decided to handpick; enough of this laughable trend of reaching Nollywood through those who are close to the corridors of power. Nollwood is a formal and serious industry replete with eggheads. We must be treated as such,” Eyengho stated.

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It would be recalled that some members of the film industry are still canvassing for the establishment of Motion Picture Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON), the bill of which is still with the National Assembly.



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