July 09, (THEWILL) – The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association has suspended Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi, over his recently released movie, “Oko Iyabo.”
The association disclosed this on Friday in a statement issued to the Press.
The statement partly read: “Having listened to the detailed defence of Mr. Yomi Fabiyi, who is the Producer/Director of the controversial film ‘Oko Iyabo’ and his Co-Director, Mr. Dele Matti, the Ethic, Conflict and Resolution Committee hereby found them guilty of professional misconduct and unethical practices.
“Although Mr. Yomi Fabiyi insisted that it is his Fundamental Human Rights to use his creative talent to produce films that will tell his own account of the trending issue, his Co-Director admitted his fault and regretted his involvement in the film.”
TAMPAN stated that except “the work of art is a ‘Cinema Verite,’ no one is allowed to use the real name(s) of another person(s) in a feature film. Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use the real name(s), stories and factual events of person(s) without their consent not to talk of a plot that is denigrating to that person.
“That the story, plot, theme, title, dialogue, names and general content of the film ‘Oko Iyabo’ is a factual presentation that may give rise to prejudice since the matter is already In court.
“His misconduct and unethical practices have impacted negatively on the image and reputation of our association. His Co-Director, Mr. Dele Matti, having shown remorse and admitted his guilt is hereby suspended for 3 months.”
The statement further disclosed that everyone “who acted in the film has been summoned to appear before the Ethic, Conflict & Resolution Committee on the 24 July 2021.”