I was never a member of TAMPAN, Yomi Fabiyi reacts to suspension over new movie


Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi, has denied being a member of the Theater Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria following the announcement of his suspension by the guild.

The association said it suspended Fabiyi indefinitely for gross professional misconduct and unethical practices over his new movie titled ‘Oko Iyabo’.

Reacting to the announcement, Fabiyi said he had no links with the group and was therefore not bothered by the development.

He said, “I am originally ANTP member, worst case I’ll renew my membership there.

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“I have never obtained or signed any form with TAMPAN or joined any guild. I was made to pay for registration which I did but there was no form or formal procedure.

“The letter is inappropriate; not valid for me as a filmmaker. Any reaction if necessary will be on the basis of human rights violation if I so seek judicial redress. You can’t lose what you don’t have.”

The controversial movie, ‘Oko Iyabo’, depicted a real-life case involving a fellow actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka fondly known as Baba Ijesha, who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

The minor in the case is the foster daughter of comedienne, Princess, and actresses like Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing had spoken in support of the minor.

However, Fabiyi took sides with Baba Ijesha during the case and released the movie a few days after the accused was released on bail.



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