AGN President Talks Restructuring

AGN President Talks Restructuring

By Amina Isah

As the issue of restructuring continues to dominate national discourse, president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas has decided to set the pace.

The easy going, calm but firm actor and administrator has decided to restructure the union to build a strong and united guild for Nigerian actors.

In an exclusive chat with AljazirahNigeria, Rollas expressed his displeasure over the guild’s previous administrations which haven’t yielded much result.

“When some people come to power, they get what they want and leave; meanwhile, they forget the people they are working for. They use the power to better themselves not the organisation. There are no standard structures to put things in place,”

He went on to compare the organisation to the national assembly. “Everything about Nigeria is drama; you go to the Senate and you hear them speaking big grammar. If you are really a leader in this country sometimes you need to leave your office, drive on your own to certain villages and understand how people really feel.

“You would know the people you are leading but when you are there and don’t know what people are going through then you assume everything is alright when it is not. You can imagine David Mark who was a Senate President for several years, but the only road that leads to Otukpo is not fixed.

“They fly private jets to their hometowns leaving those who voted for them to suffer from the bad road.”

Rollas, who was once the General Secretary of the Guild, stressed on actors’ health insurance which is a thing to worry about, stating how bad he feels when actors call out on others for help.

“In Nigeria, actors don’t even have health insurance; there is no unionism, nobody is there to fight for actors’ rights.

“You can imagine SadiqDaba begging for financial assistance. That man is a legend. But this is going to change.”

He added that his administration is headed towards creating a new peaceful AGN with a new vision, better structure, welfare and packages for members.

“When someone is set out to do something, the person should do it with all his heart because, what you do is what you will be remembered for.”

Reacting to piracy in the movie industry, he said piracy doesn’t concern actors directly and so directors and producers should fight their war without involving actors.

“The pirates are an organised sector, it’s a global phenomenon. It doesn’t only happen in Nigeria.”

He talked about how other countries are doing fantastically in their film industry.

“America is doing very well, Mexico has gone far and India is also among the best. Nigeria started movies a long time ago but we are not doing well. We need to do better.”

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