Baba Ijesha: TAMPAN controversy in Yoruba movie industry

The Yoruba movie industry in Nigeria is experiencing one of the biggest controversy since the arrest and bail of one of the members Omiyinka Olanrewaju aka Baba Ijesha.

The controversy as also involve the joint body of actors and movie makers in Yoruba movie industry which is the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (TAMPAN).

Ever since the rape case allegation came to the fore, the Yoruba movie industry has been broken into factions.

The controversy increased after court grant N2million bail to Baba Ijesha, who is facing defilement trial of a minor.

However, a popular Yoruba movie star, Jide Kosoko has threatened to ‘‘work against and frustrate his colleague, Nkechi Blessing, out of their industry”.

Mr Kosoko, who is the secretary of TAMPAN, the umbrella body of Yoruba actors and filmmakers, said this at a press conference which was held on Saturday in Lagos.

‘‘I am not joking, even if the law says you are free to practice anything you like, we can frustrate you (Ms Blessing) out of that industry if you like. You can quote me, these are my personal words. If you think you’re above the law, we can get you out of the industry in our own way. I am bold to say that we will work against her in this industry,’’ Mr Kosoko said.

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TAMPAN bans Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing

Meanwhile, TAMPAN on Monday said it has suspended controversial actresses and producers, Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing respectively.

This is due to gross misconduct and disrespect for the ethics of the association.

Speaking on why the ban was necessary, Jide Kosoko said the association has been rubbish by the actions of the two actresses over the past weeks and it was time to take decisive steps to address the issues.

“The industry is large and it is normal to have some black sheeps that would want to act bigger than the association but we will not sit back and watch that happen to us. Some of us who built this association to this level would not watch anyone drag it through the mud as though we have no leadership. ”

“We have banned Nkechi Blessing and Iyabo Ojo and we will ensure that none of them is invited to location by movie producers. This is a total ban and we are backed by a constitution that must be respected.

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“If you look at the number of members that are currently misbehaving, you will see that they are not up to 10. So those are the black sheeps we are taking measures to address the issues. For now, Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing remained banned from working with anyone in the industry,” he said.

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