The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has vowed to “work against” Nkechi Blessing while asking its members to stop engaging with Iyabo Ojo.
Jide Kosoko, said this at a news conference in Lagos said, making it clear to the people that the association has blacklisted Iyabo Ojo and asked Directors under its TAMPAN to desist from featuring her in their programmes.
Jide Kosoko said: “The attention of the Board of Trustees of TAMPAN and Elders of the Motion Picture Industry, especially of the Yoruba sector, have been drawn to the malicious damages being done to our sector by some unruly individuals that lack any iota of discipline and seeming to feel to be above the law.
“We particularly observe the continuous derogatory statements made by Iyabo Ojo against the Association and the industry as a whole. Please note that we are not against her stand on the issue of alleged rape or sexual assault as the case maybe, which the Association and individuals have equally condemned at one time or the other, as we believe only a person without conscience will support rape or sexual assault in any form. However, Iyabo Ojo’s reckless accusations, abuses and embarrassment of our sector is also totally condemned.
“Unfortunately, Nkechi Blessing has also joined in the Ignoble tirades against the Association and by extension, the industry and we say enough is enough! If you think you’re above the law [of TAMPAN], we can get you out in our way. You can quote me. Nkechi Blessing has been suspended — because she’s not our member. But we will work against her in this industry.
“As TAMPAN BoT members and elders of the industry in the Yoruba genre, we dare say to both
Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing and others of their likes, that if you people think whatever visibility you have achieved today is not through the Yoruba sector of the Nigerian motion picture industry, you should, at least realize that the industry gave you the enabling environment for whatever you may have become today.”