June 29, (THEWILL) – The suspension of two actresses, Nkechi Blessing and Iyabo Ojo, by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has continued to spark reactions.
THEWILL had reported that the body had suspended Ojo and Nkechi Blessing during its meeting at the weekend and enjoined directors under its guild to stop engaging their services.
The body’s action is coming after the dust trailing the allegations of sexual assault against Baba Ijesha, its embattled member, whom actresses Ojo and Blessing have openly condemned since his arrest for rape.
The duo’s banning has continued to spark outrage as some celebrities took to their social media pages to call out the body.
Popular Yoruba actor, Funsho Adeolu, described the decision of TAMPAN’s leaders as “shameful.”
“My face is covered, not because of COVID-19 but in shame on behalf of those who call themselves leaders of local association and do not have the interest of members at heart. God is watching,” he wrote.
Also, comedian Mr. Macaroni stated that TAMPAN did not handle the matter with fairness.
He said: “A Press Conference should have been held at the beginning of the whole thing, letting the public know TAMPAN’S stand on Baba Ijesha and the matters arising. If Iyabo Ojo went too far, so did Yomi Fabiyi. If we can demand accountability from the government, what about ourselves?
“TAMPAN suspends Iyabo Ojo. Not only did they suspend her, there was a full Press Conference stating a million and one things she did wrong. Interesting how this is happening only after Baba Ijesha was granted bail. Really interesting.”
Joining the fray, Mary Njoku, Nollywood actress and film producer, berated TAMPAN’s move as she supported the actions of Ojo and Blessing.
She wrote: “Where there are allegations of rape or child molestation there is no such thing as overreaction. Today in Nigeria I don’t believe we are reacting enough.
“I stand with and want to thank these two strong women who have used their time and platforms to speak up against it. You both are my crush Today and always.”
On her part, Ego Boyo, Nollywood actress, wrote: “A whole press conference…. To silence and bully a woman for being vocal about pedophilia and other horrible practices in the industry I wish I was shocked.”