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AGN slams el-Rufai for degrading Nollywood

THE leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has berated Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, over his remarks to one of the presidential aspirants as a “Nollywood Actor”.

 Reacting to the now viral remarks, which the diminutive governor made during an interview granted to a private television station recently, AGN National President, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, said the statement is not only derogatory to the acting profession but degrading to the Actors in Nollywood.

 In a statement signed and released by its Director of Communications, Kate Henshaw, the Guild said “using actors to make sarcastic examples of an unintelligent person is arrogant and condescending of a public office holder.

“The statement is very offensive and demeaning to the Actors Guild of Nigeria and Nollywood as a whole as it was purely intended to deride the acting profession.

“Nollywood Actors have in no small way projected the image of our dear country positively from the negative perception the likes of El-Rufai and his cohorts have portrayed us to be.

 “The Guild is utterly bewildered by this kind of statement from a sitting governor who claims to be educated and intelligent, referring to a noble profession of intelligentsia endowed with uncommon talEjezie further lamented that it is quite unfortunate, as it portrays the governor’s ignorance of the pivotal role of the actor in the emerging global creative economy after many years of his checkered sojourn in government.

“Little wonder Nigeria is battling from serious economic quagmire after many years of clueless leadership who depend solely on the oil industry as they are bereft of ideas to grow and develop the country.”

The AGN president asserted that actors are intelligent, educated, creative, and highly endowed with ingenious capacity to lead and develop Nigeria more than some average leaders in government houses today.ent,” the statement read. 

 Speaking further, Ejezie said it is quite unfortunate, as the remark portrays the governor’s ignorance of the pivotal role of the actor in the emerging global creative economy after many years of his checkered sojourn in government.

“Little wonder Nigeria is battling from serious economic quagmire after many years of clueless leadership who depend solely on the oil industry as they are bereft of ideas to grow and develop the country,” he added.

The AGN president asserted that actors are intelligent, educated, creative, and highly endowed with ingenious capacity to lead and develop Nigeria more than some average leaders in government houses today.

He called on Governor El-Rufai to withdraw his nescience statement and tender an unreserved apology to Nollywood Actors immediately.

“Once again, we firmly say, enough of the derision of this noble profession. Enough is enough”, he concluded.

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