The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has said that veteran actor, Ebun Oloyede, aka Olaiya Igwe, will face a disciplinary committee, set up by the association.
According to the association, this has to do with a viral video that shows him stripped naked while praying for the victory of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 elections.
According to The Gavel, the president of TAMPAN, Otunba Bolaji Amusan made the disclosure last Thursday at a meeting of the Central Working Committee of the association.
It was the first meeting of the committee after the swearing-in ceremony of the new executives which was held on December 3, 2022.
During the meeting, Olaiya was accused of encouraging acts capable of compromising the association’s core values and acting totally against the norms of the culture that it holds.
According to Amusan, if TAMPAN failed to take necessary actions on such issues, similar issues would ride on such negligence to deter the association’s progress.
The statement reads, “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.”
Recall that in August, a clip of the Chairperson of the Lagos State Park and Garages Management, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, gifting Olaiya a Mercedes Benz as a birthday present went viral.
On receiving the surprise car gift, Olaiya prostrated and rolled on the floor in gratitude to MC Oluomo.
However, the actor was criticised and ridiculed on social media for prostrating himself on the ground for MC Oluomo, who is considered younger than he is.