Inkblot Women In Film questions rationale TAMPAN’s action against Iyabo Ojo
The Inkblot Women In Film (IWIF) initiative has condemned the restriction placed on some actors from working with popular Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).
“Film organizations should uphold and protect the rights of ALL members, whilst promoting justice, fairness, equity and equality in all dealings,” IWIF said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Women contribute a lot to the advancement of the Nigerian film industry and the IWIF condemns any behaviour or practise that is discriminatory against women in the industry.”
On Saturday, June 26, at a press conference in Lagos, TAMPAN warned its members against working with Iyabo Ojo and another actress, Nkechi Blessing, over their “reckless accusations, abuses and embarrassment” against the association and the movie industry as a whole.
Association also suspended Blessing.
TAMPAN’s action has since elicited a wave of reactions from entertainers and the general public alike, including the IWIF which has condemned the ban in its entirety.
IWIF described the action as unjust and smack of selective justice.
Speaking in the same vein of disappointment at the TAMPAN ban, Convener of IWIF, Zulumoke Oyibo also took to her personal Instagram page to dissect the issue.
“So two actors, Iyabo Ojo (f) and Yomi Fabiyi (m) were involved in a number of heated public exchanges over the actions of…Baba Ijesha,” Oyibo said.
“TAMPAN, in all its beautiful wisdom, decides to ban Iyabo Ojo (f) for her conduct.
“In case you are wondering, (f) stands for female.”
Oyibo also highlighted how Fabiyi who had been at loggerheads with Iyabo Ojo from the outset of the Baba Ijesha arrest, was spared from the association’s action sanctions despite openly using derogatory comments.
“Let’s not have a conversation on whether TAMPAN is wrong or wrong. Let’s just assume their decision is very not wrong. Yet. NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO YOMI FABIYI, not a blacklist nor a ban.” Oyibo said.
IWIF also reiterated its commitment to “tackling social, ethical, and professional challenges women in film face, while promoting a work environment that is safe and free for everyone.”