The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners of Nigeria has said that veteran actor, Ebun Oloyede, aka Olaiya Igwe, will face a disciplinary committee, set up by the association.
You would recall that Olaiya had released a video that showed him praying nude for the victory of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 poll.
The revelation of the sanction waa made public by the president of TAMPAN, Otunba Bolaji Amusan aka “Baba Latin” at a meeting of the Central Working Committee of the association.
TAMPAN accused Olaiya of encouraging acts capable of compromising the association’s core values and acting totally against the norms of the culture that it holds.
In his statement “Acknowledging the right of every member to belong to any political party of their choice, Otunba Amusan explained that each member is expected to deploy their sense of creativity with a standard level of decorum. He said each practitioner of the Arts of the theatre and movie-making ought to be conscious that the general interest and good of the society override personal interests.
“TAMPAN President emphasized the need to ensure total sanitization of the Association and ensure members operate within the moral and cultural precepts as enshrined in the Association:s constitution. He said if gold could be allowed to go rust, the fate of ordinary metals would be worse.
“He concluded that Chief Ebun Oloyede would be made to face a disciplinary committee in spite of his status within the Association and would be eventually dealt with accordingly if found to be guilty of conducting his practice in a way that could subject TAMPAN to public ridicule.
“This, he said, was to act as a deterrent to any member who might already be seeing the viral video as another creative dimension and precedence. He explained that Media and Publicity Directorate remains critical to the overall success of TAMPAN and therefore urged the Directorate to work very hard so as to achieve total rebranding of the Association.”
Amusan also stated that if TAMPAN failed to take necessary actions on such issues, similar issues would ride on such negligence to deter the association’s progress.