The Board of Trustees of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), and the Elders of Nigerian Motion Picture Industry have distanced self from a statement recently made by one of its member, Deji Aderemi popularly known as Olofa Ina, over Baba Ijesha’s alleged rape saga.
The umbrella body of Yoruba actors and filmmakers also fired a serious warning to actresses, Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing, regarding their rants on social media, ‘reckless accusations, abuses and embarrassment’ caused against the association and the movie industry as a whole.
In a press briefing in Lagos on Saturday, TAMPPAN noted that the statement altered by Olofa Ina regarding Baba Ijesha’s sexual assault case was not from the association.
Recall that Olofa Ina, while speaking at Baba Ijesha’s court appearance some days ago, said he’s in court because he heard “they said somebody slept with someone, stressing that it is a normal thing in the movie industry.
He added that if a colleague in the movie industry has done something wrong, they should reprimand him rather than (lay) false accusations.
TAMPPAN has, however, dissociated itself from such a statement, noting that the association does not condone immorality, neither is it the standard in their industry. They stressed that if two consenting adults decide to have things in common, it does not mean that it is the association or their industry’s standard practice.
TAMPPAN added that there is nowhere it is stated as a rule or practice that actresses must have sex with their male counterparts or seniors before they can grow in the industry. They, therefore, claimed that those holding such opinion or notion are certainly doing that in error.
“The most important ingredients for growth are talent, proper training and the ability to stay focused on what one wants to achieve,” TAMPPAN added.