New AGN President Urges Aggrieved Members To Sheath Swords

After surviving many years of operating in different factions, the Actors ‘guild of Nigeria (AGN)has taken steps to harmonise the association with the election of a unity government at a convention in Enugu state.

Rollas reportedly defeated Emeka Ike who ran a parallel government with Ibinabo Fiberesima during the last administration.

Rollas has said his first assignment as the president of the guild is to unite all aggrieved members and encourages unregistered actors to join the guild.

“So in this new administration, we are not talking about the fight, I want to tell all members who are in court or in the police station to please sheath their swords, let us deal with our problems according to the provisions of the Constitution of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

“We are advising everybody who has anything against anybody to please come back to the guild so that we can settle it,”Rollas said

The Board of Trustees chairman Ifeanyi Dikeh and other members Sunny Macdon,  announced Emeka Rollas as the elected president of the convention.

“We now have a new leadership, that will steer the organisation for the next two years pending when a proper national election will take place because this is a stop gap to bring peace”. Ifeanyi Dikeh added.

Udom Emmanuel Promises Support For Entertainment Industry

Udom Emmanuel Promises Support For Entertainment IndustryAkwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, says he is committed to providing the support, structure and enabling environment for the entertainment industry to thrive in the state.

Mr Emmanuel stated this during the December edition of a road walk and Keep-fit exercise, organized by the Actors’ of Nigeria (AGN), Akwa Ibom State chapter.

The governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Entertainment, Mr David Sergeant, noted: “The state government sees AGN as an integral part of its socio-cultural existence and will do everything to add value to its operating structure and environment”.

Utang Akwa Ibom, as the aide is popularly called, urged the actors who turned out in large numbers for the exercise, to “continue in their unwavering support to Mr Emmanuel”, to attract more benefit from the governor.

In response, Acting Chairman, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in the State; Comrade Itoro Francis, extolled Mr Udom Emmanuel for being the first governor to appoint no fewer than six actors from the state as his aides.

“To whom much is given, much is also expected -While the entire AGN in the state is appreciative of the governor’s magnanimity and great support to entertainers, we want to assure him of our continuous support”.

The AGN chairman also extended the body’s appreciation to the governor’s aide saying: “We also thank his S.A on Entertainment Industry, our dear brother, Utang Akwa Ibom for his open door policy and transparency in his dealings with us. God bless you sir”.

According to Mr Francis, the exercise which is a monthly event is aimed at keeping the artists healthy and united for the overall interest of the state”.

Jonathan Meets With Nigerian Entertainment Practitioners

jonathanIt was a big weekend for entertainers in the country as they got to meet with the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Practitioners of different arms of entertainment including movies, music, comedy and fashion rolled out the drums to welcome President Jonathan to the Showbiz Interactive Session with Mr President which was held in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

The evening, which was laced with performances from some of the biggest names in Nigerian entertainment, hit a crescendo when President Jonathan joined in to show his own reggae dance moves alongside Raggae legend, Ras Kimono.

After the various displays, they got to the most important agenda of a heart to heart talk with President Jonathan, where several members of the audience randomly took turns to ask the President questions.

Members of the industry asked the President how he intends to bring out the best from the sector.

Most of the speakers appreciated the President for showing support to the industry over the years but like Oliver Twist, they asked for more.

It appeared, however, that what troubles players in the Nigerian creative industry the most is the scourge of piracy, which the President promised to tackle as he seeks reelection.

After the interactive session, the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima, led out a team to pay tribute to the Nigerian troops bringing peace to the disturbed north-east region of Nigeria.

Actors Meet Jonathan, Call For Censors Board Sack

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has called for the sack of those at the helm of affairs of the Nigeria Film Corporation and National Film and Video Censors Board.

The call was made by the President of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima, when they paid a solidarity visit to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Fiberesima is the first female President of the guild since its inception 15 years ago with about 5 million members nationwide.

Fiberesima urged the President to review their appointments and employ those with passion for the job to instil purposeful leadership in the film industry.

She said that those who have been appointed to run those agencies have shown lack of capacity to put the industry on the path of growth, especially in this transformational period. She implored the President to review those appointments and appoint administrators with passion, zeal and total dedication to the development of the film Industry.

She also said that Nollywood was in dire need of a modern, responsive legal environment for it to continue to thrive and remain relevant to this administration’s transformation agenda.

In his response, President Jonathan promised to look at the requests put forward by the guild  for the donation of a piece  of land, stating that the land was guaranteed, but that he would meet with the FCT Minister to help them build a secretariat.

Noting that actors nationwide have touched the lives of Nigerians even to the grassroots, the President said that Nollywood was the tool that would be used to redefine Africa.

The Information Minister, Labaran Maku, promised that their request that needed executive assent would be presented to the Federal Executive Council next week.

The Culture and Tourism Minister, Edem Duke, also urged the guild to sustain the positive value of the country, as well as the unity of the country in every story they tell.

Controversies Trail Actors Guild of Nigeria Election in Lagos

The controversy surrounding the Actors Guild of Nigeria continues two weeks after the Lagos chapter of the guild had its elections disrupted.

Few days after the election, comedienne Victor Osuwagu was declared winner and sworn in as the chairman but another congress was conveyed by the outgoing chairman Emeka Rising which sworn in Don Pedro Aganbi.

The motion was ruled to make Don-Pedro Aganbi as the new chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Actor Guild of Nigeria.

Pete Edochie Is Not Dead

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima, on Saturday debunked an online report claiming that veteran actor, Pete Edochie, had died after falling off a cliff in Austria.
In a facebook message reply to Channels Television’s enquiry, Ms Fiberesima said: “Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, can authoritatively confirm that Pete Edochie is alive, hale and healthy. Please disregard the rumour about his death.”

A website, Global Associated News, claimed that Mr Edochie died while filming a movie in Kitzbühel, Austria early Saturday.

“Preliminary reports from Austrian Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 50 feet to his death in a remote area of the Hahnenkamm Mountains while on-set during the filming of a movie.

“Specific details are not yet available. The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12).

“Additional details and information will be forthcoming,” the report said.

The false report created a buzz on social media as commentators sought to find out the truth.

S/East Actors Guild Calls On Kidnappers To Release Colleague

Following the Kidnap of Nollywood actress and Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Imo State Governor, Miss Nkiru Sylvanus, South East Chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria staged a peaceful protest in Owerri the state capital condemning the act and calling out to the kidnappers to release their colleague.

Led by the South East Vice Chaiman of the Guild, Iyke Ezenagu, members of the Association marched to the Government House where they called on the state government and other South East governors to provide adequate security for all actors in the region to enable them do their duties accordingly without fear of kidnap.

They however expressed displeasure over the spate of kidnapping of their members in the South East as Nkiru Sylvanus’s case is not the first of its kind.

However while addressing journalists earlier in the Government House, after the security council meeting, the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha disclosed that the state government in conjunction with all the security operatives in the state are doing everything possible to rescue the light skinned actress alive as well as other people who have been abducted in the state.

Okorocha further re-iterated his government’s commitment in ensuring a crime and kidnap free Yuletide for all its citizens.