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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nollywood veteran actress Clarion blasts Ibinabo, calls for her resignation as AGN president

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Veteran actress Ms. Clarion Chukwura has expressed her dissatisfaction with the move after the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president, Miss  Ibinabo Fiberesima paid a courtesy visit to President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja with some notable actors and AGN officials. She described the visit as uncalled for adding that it was not in the best interest of the industry. Clarion made it clear in her statement that AGN was not established as a platform to canvass for political appointments or pursue selfish interests. She, therefore, called for Miss Ibinabo’s resignation as AGN president. ”For her brazen use of a Guild created to serve the creative interests of a group to gain political appointment while in office, I enjoin her to follow the respectable road of her predecessors by joining the PDP and testing the real value of her self-earned popularity as an actress for political appointment,” she said. Clarion blamed the established actors who were in her entourage. “They watched in compliance, the denigration of the integrity of Nigerian screen actors, as she read her requests literally begging for crumbs from the president’s table,” she said.
AGN president, Miss Ibinabo Fiberisima’s address to the Nigerian president on the visit reads that, the Actors Guild of Nigeria is the only umbrella body of Nigerian screen actors; that President Goodluck Jonathan has by the “constant release of funds” effected a sustained development of the Nigerian movie industry since the inception of his administration; that an AGN Secretariat located in Abuja and political appointments for actors would advance the welfare of the Nigerian screen actors. According to Clarion, AGN is not the guild that represents the English movie actors, the Association of Nigerian Theartre Arts Practitioners ANTAP, and  Kannywood.

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