Emeka Rollas, AGN National President, addressing the audience after his election.
L-R: Mojisola Oyatayo (Mama Ajasco), AGN, Lagos State Chapter Chairman, Vice President South West – David Babafemi Branch, President, Theatre Arts Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Bolaji Amusan (Mr. Latin) and Ify Okeke, COS to AGN National President, Emeka Rollas
The peaceful ambiance in the oil rich Akwa Ibom States, South southern Nigeria, recently pervaded the General Elections of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) which was held at the prestigious Le’Meridien Hotel, formerly Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort.
The election recorded over 187 delegates from 22 States, which includes; Abia, Abuja, Adamawa, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe.
The epoch-making elections, the AGNEC led its by Chairman, a top actor Steve Eboh (Ajeboh) ably supported by Emma Ogugua among others went well as expected.
In his welcome speech, the exited Commissioner of Culture and Tourism Akwa Ibom Mr. Orman Essien, who welcomed the members of the Guild to the State, urged them to chart a new course to the next level, saying the state has infrastructure to make movies, adding that the State would partner the Guild for beneficial projects.
Also, Akwa-Ibom’s Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh maintained that Nollywood has rebranded Nigeria and that the government of Akwa Ibom is transforming the sleepy town to an industrialised and agricultural hub in Nigeria.
On his part, Director-General of Censors Board, Thomas Adedayo who was ably represented declared the election opened as he urged all participants to do well advising losers to support the guild to move forward.
Chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT) Prince Ifeanyi Dike thanked AGNEC for being strong and resolute for making sure the event take place. He reiterated the gesture of sportsmanship of losers congratulating the winner so that the guild would move forward. “It is all about service,” said Dike.
Afer the speeches of the Commissioners, the contestants reeled out their manifestoes after which delegates asked them questions.
But for the posts of Public Relations Officer (PRO) which has Frank Dallas and Monalisa Chinda–Coker as contestants and the post of Secretary which was between, Abubarkar Sanusi and Don Pedro Aganbi, the rest were unopposed.
However, before voting took place, the hero of the day, Don Pedro Aganbi announced his withdrawal citing ‘National Interest’ for his action.
At the end of the election, the following became the new Executives of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas Ejezie National President, while the offices of National Vice President for, North Central, North-west, South-east and South-west were won by Mohammed Kareem, Wassh Waziri Hong, Lolo Oby Kate Okafor and David Babafemi Branch, respectively.
Other offices include; Secretary-General, Assistant Secretary General, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, Director of Guild Services and Chief Whip, which were won by Abubakar Sanusi, Chelsea Raphael Nwodo, Emeka Duru, Maradona Mikevine Paul, Coker Monalisa Chinda, Anigbo Clement Cowboy and Adigizi Bala respectively.
However, the office of North-east Vice President did is still vacant as the presumed winner did not make 2/3 of the total vote. And for the office of South-south Vice president, Rita Daniels will do a Bye-election, as she became sick in Uyo and was rushed to the hospital while Bar. Ikechukwu Ezenagu, contesting for the position of Vice National Secretary was disqualified because he was absent and by AGN constitution no proxy voting for, against or candidature. Article 4; section 4; e ” only members present for the election shall vote and be voted for”.
Dignitaries at the event include Hon. Desmond Elliot, President, Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Ralph Nwadike, President, Theatre Arts Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Bolaji Amusan (Mr. Latin), President, Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Fred Amata, Segun Arinze, Remy Ohajianya, Rita Edochie, John Okafor (Mr. Ibu), Ifeoma Okeke, Sony Mcdon W, Mojisola Oyatayo (Mama Ajasco), Ochendo McSmith, Uche Elendu, Imeh Bishop (Okon Lagos), Keppy Ekpeyong, Pastor Goddy Goddy, Moses Armstrong, Ronnie Dikko, among others.
Story by Theresa Moses