Different reactions have followed the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria TAMPAN ’s recent suspension of movie actresses Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing Sunday over their feud with colleagues over Baba Ijesha’s sexual assault case.
Veteran actress, Ego Boyo has added her comment to the many comments on the ongoing TAMPAN vs Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing Sunday saga. The 52 years old Nollywood actress and film producer expressed her lack of surprise at the association’s decision to bar its members from engaging the services of the actresses based on alleged disrespectful comments.
“A whole conference… SMH. To silence and bully a woman for being vocal about pedophilia and it here r horrible practices in the industry. I wish I was shocked.”
The actress and film producer joins a number of industry practitioners who have expressed their dissatisfaction at the association’s decisions, directly or indirectly. Not ones to back down, the affected actresses took to their respective Instagram pages to react to their suspension. According to the actress, Iyabo Ojo, she can never be silenced with the suspension she has been given by the association. Stating that many victims of abuse, molestation and rape have been silenced one way or the other.
In a post she shared which she wrote:
“SILENCE IS GOLDEN is why a lot of our girl or boy child gets abused, molested or raped daily and yet they are afraid to SPEAK UP … bcos they’ll be bullied to silence by the same society meant to protect them …. SILENCE AIN’T GOLDEN IN NIGERIA”. In her caption to this post,she wrote “I can never be silenced, know that and know God 🤞🏿 Peridot”.
Her colleague, Nkechi Blessing Sunday who had earlier been suspended commented on the post.
“Nobody can even collect my voice ❌. “
On Nkechi’s part, she took to her Instagram story to reply Jide Kosoko especially who has vowed that the association will work against Nkechi. She said she is not ready to give irrelevant issues her attention and rained prayers against people ready to bring her down. She stated that she has no idea why Jide Kosoko is pained. Also in a story which she later deleted, Nkechi said if she decides to spill Jide Kosoko’s secrets, his grown up daughters will be ashamed of him. So she will rather keep quiet and ignore him instead.