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The Nigerian Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association has suspended Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi for his new film ‘Oko Iyabo,’ which depicts the Baba Ijesha rape Saga problems.
NenyKo remembers that the film, which premiered on YouTube on July 4, 2021, contained characters named after those involved in the rape case, including as actors Iyabo Ojo and Olarenwaju Omiyinka, also known as Baba Ijesha.
The film generated anger on social media, with many Nigerians pleading with the TAMPAN organisation to punish Yomi Fabiyi for the film’s creation.
In a new development, the association, in a statement, said Yomi Fabiyi had been suspended indefinitely for gross professional misconduct and unethical practices.
Part of the statement reads:
Having listened to the detailed defence of Mr Yomi Fabiyi, who is the Producer/Director of the controversial film ‘Oko Iyabo’ and his Co-Director, Mr Dele Matti, the Ethic, Conflict and Resolution Committee hereby found them guilty of professional misconduct and unethical practices.
“Although Mr Yomi Fabiyi insisted that it is his fundamental human right to use his creative talent to produce films that will tell his own account of the trending issue but his Co-Director admitted his fault and regretted his involvement in the film.”
TAMPAN pointed out that except “the work of art is a ‘Cinema Verite’, no one is allowed to use a real name(s) of another person (s) in a feature film. Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use a real name(s), stories and factual events of the person(s) without their consent not to talk of a plot that is denigrating to that person.
“That the story, plot, theme, title, dialogue, names and general content of the film ‘Oko Iyabo’ is a factual presentation that may give rise to prejudice since the matter is already in court.