Actors Guild poised to eradicate sexual harassment of members

Lagos, Sept. 6, 2017 (TNE) : The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) says that it is poised to eradicate all forms of sexual harassment of its members by some producers under the pretext of alloting juicy roles to them in their films.

The newly elected National President of AGN, Emeka Ejezie, said in Lagos that the task is part of his leadership efforts at sanitising the industry.

Ejezie was elected the president of AGN at the just-concluded Peace and Reconciliatory Committee’s conference held in Enugu.

He said that sexual harassment of ladies is a common phenomenon and such allegations against film producers by actresses may either be true or false, but ”we are going to raise eyebrows to ensure it does not exist anymore.

“We will restore sanity into the industry by campaigning against sexual harassment of our members and ensure it begins to occupy its pride of place.’’

He said that the guild would also develop a database that will checkmate the activities of those who come into the guild with motives other than acting.

“We are going to expose the bad eggs in the industry if at all they exist, by creating a database of actors; this will afford us the opportunity to know the real actors and fish out impostors,’’ he said.

The president also said that the new executive will try to identify extortionist producers from young actors with a promise to allot good roles to them in their films.

“Most times, these amateur artistes may end up not getting such juicy roles often promised after they must have sold their bodies to such dubious producers,” he said.

Ezeji also reacted to the public perception that most styles of story lines are portraying fetish or traditional norms, saying it is the business of script writers and producers but not the actors.

“Actors and actresses are like messengers; we follow the directives of film producers who give us scripts, it is what the script says that we act,” he said.

He, however, said that the guild would create an affiliation with the bodies in charge of scripts and producers to finetune the quality of Nigerian films.

Ezeji said that the guild would also encourage scriptwriters and producers to venture into writing scripts on issues such as Agriculture, Engineering and Information Technology that could enhance national development.

He said that the new executive would ensure that there is a cordial relationship between young actors and the veterans, for the growth of the industry.

“We shall not disappoint the Peace and Reconciliatory Committee, headed by Chief Remi Ohajianya, that saddled our executive with the task of uniting the various factions into one entity,” he said.

The Peace and Reconciliatory Committee’s conference that led to the election of the new executive ended years of leadership crisis that had rocked the guild. (TNE)

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