NOLLYWOOD NEWS — Actors Guild of Nigeria pledges to wage war against sexual harassment in Nollywood, with the new AGN president Emeka Rollas Ejezie leading the initiative.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) says that it is poised to eradicating all forms of alleged sexual harassment of its members by some producers under the pretext of allocating juicy roles to them in their films.
New AGN President Emeka Rollas Ejezie
Emeka Rollas Ejezie, the newly elected president of AGN, told NAN in Lagos that it was part of his leadership’s efforts at sanitizing the industry.
He said sexual harassment of ladies is a common phenomenon in the Nigerian movie industry and he disclosed how they plan to tackle the issue.
In his own words:
“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,” he said.
“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 added.
Emeka Rollas also said the guild would develop a database that would checkmate the activities of those who come into the guild with other motives rather 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.
Ejezie also said the new executive would try to identify producers who were alleged to be extorting monies from young actors with a promise to allocate 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.
Rollas also reacted to the public perception that most styles of story lines were portraying fetish or traditional norms.
He said that it was the business of script writers and producers but not the actors. In his words:
“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 fine tune the quality of Nigerian films.
Emeka Rollas Ejezie 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.
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