Nigerian actress Nkechi Blessing, says the leaders of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) are afraid to speaks on the Baba Ijesha saga because some of its members are also allegedly guilty.
Time of Gist recalls that Baba Ijesha was arrest after he was accused of mol. es t.ing a 14-year-old child.
Baba Ijesha’s saga create a lot of controversies among Yoruba movie stars which lead to some of them being suspended by Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) including Nkechi Blessing.
Speaking on the matter in an interview with Chude Jideonwo, the Nkechi Blessing said TAMPAN leaders were initially afraid of commenting on the case for fear of being dragged by those they had also assaulted cex ually.
“When I was ranting and ranting, they still did not come out. Everyone was tagging them and asking them what they have to say about the matter but nobody came out until Mr Latin, TAMPAN president, made a video and said he cannot suspend or chase Baba Ijesha out of the industry because he’s not a member of TAMPAN, which is quite understood. Everyone said oh no wonder you people kept quiet,” she said.
“But let me tell you the real sense why most of these people have been quiet. It’s because if one of them comes outside to talk, all their victims will come out and call them out. QED!
“That’s why everybody is quiet because, in one way or the other, they are all guilty of the same thing. Because they will tell you with their full chest: ‘if you don’t sleep with me, you won’t get this role’. Yes! That is what it is.”
“But for me, suspending me that have been looking for a way to leave your industry that is not favouring me, it’s like you’re helping me,”
“What they (TAMPAN) did was pure blacklisting because they had the same issue with Yomi Fabiyi but they sent a letter of invitation to him, they didn’t go outrightly to suspend him, so what stops them from also sending me a letter of invitation, here from me first and I’ll be apologise.”