Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: 'AGN Will Soon Reclaim Its Lost Glory' - Hotman

Kano — The inauguration of newly elected national executive of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in Lagos recently was described as a positive step that will be repositioned the entire movie industry in Nigeria.

Vice-President, North West zone of the Guild, Comrade Salihu Othman Isah gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen in Kano. Isah, widely known as Hotman disclosed that the goodwill which the umbrella body of the movie industry had hitherto enjoyed in the past will be reclaimed, especially in the zone where he leads.

He said the enthusiasm which has greeted his assumption of office since from the general public was very encouraging.

Hotman however insisted that all hands must be on deck to ensure that movie practitioners across the country need to contribute his or her quota for the realization of the desired success.

The cross-over Thespian said it is morally questionable for A-list actors not to contribute accordingly to the industry that made them what they are in order to reach the desired level.

The North West boss of AGN therefore advised practitioners in the movie and entertainment industry to converge under a bigger and stronger umbrella for the common goal.

He therefore challenged such older practitioners like Olu Jacobs, Justus Esiri, Kasimu Yero, Dauda Galadanci, Magaji Mijinyawa, Pete Edochie, Ejike Asiegbu, Hamisu Lamido (Iyan Tama), Zack Orji, Hajara Usman, Zainab Booth, Patience Ozokwor, Joke Silva and Bukky Ajayi among others to use the father and mother figure positions they occupied in the industry to galvanize the new spirit and ensure that peace reign in the industry.

He also tasked those in the limelight now such as Geniveive Nnaji, Ramson Noah, Ali Nuhu, Sani Musa Danja, Jemila Nagudu, Rahama Hassan, Jim Iyke, Aki and Paw-Paw, Shaibu Lawal Kumurci and their likes to groom their successors by encouraging upcoming stars.

"We must keep the new spirit going for us to reach our desired limit. To realize this, the A-list acts have a major role to play through support and encouragement for the new national executive.

Also, all aggrieved members must come to the round table for settlement, because I believe that Thespians are one family all over the world, and Nigeria is significant part of this family.

I also believe strongly that this important heart-to-heart discussions with the aggrieved members is necessary to protest the movie, and by extension the entertainment industry which is one of the greatest employer of labour in the country," he stressed.

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