The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) have responded to star actress Kemi Lala Akindoju, after she criticized the leadership of the association over the congratulatory visit they paid fellow actress, Regina Daniels, and her billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko following the birth of their first child.
On Monday June 6 2020, member of AGN lead by the President, Emeka Rollas had paid a courtesy visit to Daniels, bearing gift to the new mum.
“This is our baby, Nollywood baby of the year, we are here to rejoice with your family,” Emeka Rollas could be heard saying at the couple’s Abuja residence in a viral video.
However, Lala opposed the visit, quoting a clip on Twitter: “This is actually shameful. In these times where the actor’s guild should show leadership on pressing issues like navigating the industry with COVID-19, like creating structures to stop sexual harassment in the industry. This is their priority. Even if you visit your member.”
must you film and post? The videos we need to see about future and safety of practitioners. Yet, they abuse us and insist that we join. Sigh! 🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️
— Kemi Lala Akindoju (@lalaakindoju) July 6, 2020
In a statement released this night, Monalisa Chinda Coker, the Director of Communications of the AGN, said ordinarily the organization would not dignify Lala’s ”repugnant and uninformed comment” but it is compelled to explain the reason the some members visited Regina and her husband.
Read the full statement below: ”Our attention has been drawn to an unsavoury statement by An Actress though not an AGN Member. Kemi Lala Akindoju on social media about the visit of the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria to Mrs Regina Daniel Nwoko, one of our members who recently gave birth to a baby.
Ordinarily, the AGN would not dignify such repugnant, uninformed comment with any response. In this case however, it is important to correct a few impressions without joining issues with a non-member of the guild. And we also advise you crosscheck your facts before making allusions.
The simple intent is to establish our position and intimate the public on our policy direction and efforts of the present leadership to extend genuine care for every member of the guild.
1.An actor’s registration as a member instantly confers on him or her the privileges due to members which includes protection in their professional quests, welfare packages in their moments of need, celebration of their triumphs and many more.
2. Since assuming office, the current leadership of the Guild has prioritised courtesy visits to majority of her indisposed members across the country, offering moral and financial support since assuming office.
3. AGN has established a dedicated line and email for reports of sexual harassment and abuse cases in line of duty. AGN is also in strategic partnership with relevant agencies to counsel and persecute violations against any of our members.
4. AGN has introduced a highly credible Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) to take good care of their health issues of all registered members.
5. AGN recently participated actively in two funeral rites of our dearly beloved members that passed on, Patience Oseni in Calabar and Ukwuak Asuquo, in Abuja. We remain completely committed to catering for all members irrespective of status or religion.
Once again, we therefore reaffirm our commitment to professionalism and unbridled responsibility to the welfare of our members.
It is the crystal goal of the Emeka Ejezie Rollas led Executive to bring about lasting change in and transformation of the industry as a whole.
We will remain undaunted and we will deliver the goods to our esteemed members.
Finally, it is expedient to add that visiting Mrs. Nwoko was not just ordinary but significant for us because beyond holding the leadership of our noble Guild in the highest esteem, she also reached out to us to break the good news upon delivery of her bouncing baby boy.
It is also pertinent to note that Mrs. Nwoko’s Mother, Rita Daniel is the able Vice President, South South in the current executive council of the Guild.
Her husband, Rt. Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko is the current Chairman, National Board of Patrons of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.
This makes it absolutely germaine for the National President, who arrived Abuja on an official assignment to make time out for courtesy and congratulatory visit to a committed guild member.
The National President is also scheduled to reach out to other members who have various health challenges and reach out to the vulnerables with palliatives.
Kindly visit our website to read more about our numerous reach out efforts at such a time as this – www.actorsguildnigeria.com
Monalisa Chinda Coker
Director of communications AGN.”
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