Yomi Fabiyi has responded to the indefinite suspension handed to him by the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association, TAMPAN earlie
Yomi Fabiyi has responded to the indefinite suspension handed to him by the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association, TAMPAN earlier today.
Fabiyi had earlier been summoned by the body to appear before it before it decided to indefinitely suspend him over his recently released movie, Oko Iyabo.
In the statement released by the association, titled, ‘TAMPAN suspends Yomi Fabiyi indefinitely for gross professional misconducts & unethical practices, it read in part, “Having listened to the detailed defense 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 in their letter to Fabiyi had pointed out that except “the work of art is a ‘Cinema Verite’, no one is allowed to use real name(s) of other person(s) in a feature film. Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use real name(s), stories and factual events of 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. His misconducts and unethical practices have impacted negatively on the image and reputation of our association.”
But reacting to his suspension, Fabiyi said he is originally a member of Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP) and never been a member of TAMPAN, and so the letter to him suspending him indefintely is inappropriate.
“I am originally ANTP member. Worst case, I will renew my membership there. I have never obtained or signed any form with TAMPAN or joined any guild. I was made to pay for registration which I did but no form collected or formal procedure.
“This letter is inappropriate, not valid for me as a filmmaker. Any reactionif necessary will be on the basis of human rights violation if I so wish to seek judicial redress. You don’t loose what you never had.”
Continuing, Fabiyi said, “ANTP progress! I don port oh. Film making continues. Back to our root . The ancestors and spirit of Ogunde’s not asleep.”
Fabiyi then went on to inform his numerous followers to send him a whatsapp message request on 08029062692, if they are interested in watching the controversial movie or subscribe to his Youtube channel, Rocklaf TV