Mr Macaroni, Funsho Adeolu, Mary Njoku, Others Slam TAMPAN Over Sanctions On Iyabo Ojo, Nkechi Blessing


‘I Can’t Be Silenced’ - Iyabo Ojo, Nkechi Blessing React To TAMPAN SuspensionTheatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has come under fire over its recent sanctions against actresses, Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing.

Recall that the association led by Bolaji Amusa aka Mr. Latin, on Sunday June 27 barred its member directors from working with the actresses.

Read Also: TAMPAN Blacklists Iyabo Ojo, Vows To ‘Work Against’ Nkechi Blessing (Video)

Then, executive member, Jide Kosoko threatened to frustrate the actresses out of the industry, vowing to “work againstNkechi Blessing — who was earlier suspended alongside Kehinde Adams, another actor, over their social media row.

TAMPAN’s action comes in relation to the allegations of sexual assault against Baba Ijesha, its embattled member, who Ojo and Blessing have openly and strongly opposed since his arrest.

Read Also: TAMPAN Suspends Nkechi Blessing, Kehinde Adams Over Online Fight About Baba Ijesha’s Alleged Rape Case

The move has continued to spark heated outrage as several celebrities took to social media to call out the body.

Joining the fray, Mr Macaroni, Nigerian comedian, said TAMPAN should have handled the matter with fairness.

Read Also: Alleged Rape: Iyabo Ojo Vows To Counter Any Attempt To Release Actor, Baba Ijesha (Videos)

He tweeted;

TAMPAN suspends Iyabo Ojo. Not only did they suspend her, there was a full press conference stating a million and one things she did wrong. Interesting how this is happening only after Baba Ijesha was granted bail. Really interesting.

The comedian added;

A press conference should have been held at the beginning of the whole thing, letting the public know TAMPAN’S stand on Baba Ijesha and the matters arising.

If Iyabo Ojo went too far, so did Yomi Fabiyi. If we can demand accountability from the government, what about ourselves?

In an Instagram post, Funsho Adeolu, prominent Yoruba actor, described the decision of TAMPAN’s leaders as “shameful”.

He wrote;

My face is covered, not because of COVID-19 but in shame on behalf of those who call themselves leaders of local association and do not have the interest of members at heart. God is watching.


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Also speaking, Mary Njoku, Nollywood actress and film producer, faulted TAMPAN’s move while throwing her weight behind Ojo and Blessing.

She expressed;

Where there are allegations of rape or child molestation there is no such thing as overreaction. Today in Nigeria I don’t believe we are reacting enough.

I stand with and want to thank these two strong women who have used their time and platforms to speak up against it. You both are my crush Today and always.


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On her part, Ego Boyo, Nollywood star, wrote;

A whole press conference…. To silence and bully a woman for being vocal about pedophilia and other horrible practices in the industry I wish I was shocked.

The reactions come shortly after Ojo vowed to maintain her stance on the Baba Ijesha saga, noting that nobody can silence her.

Blessing also earlier tackled TAMPAN, adding that she remains unperturbed by the body’s threats to work against her.

Read Also: ‘I Can’t Be Silenced’ – Iyabo Ojo, Nkechi Blessing React To TAMPAN Suspension

Although the actresses are not members of the association, its executives claim they have made derogatory statements about the industry hence the position to blacklist them.

The association have, however, remained silent on the ongoing child molestation case against actor, Baba Ijesha.

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