The President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas has launched AGN Foundation to cater for ailing actors.
The prestigious event, which took place at a well attended media briefing yesterday at Virgin Rose Resorts, Victoria Island Lagos on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 was also attended by practitioners, colleagues, well wishers and friends as they joined Rollas for achieving a milestone in the history of the industry.
Rollas revealed that the foundation has a mandate of generating N500m (five hundred million naira) endowment fund for actors and also serve as a medium to give back to the fans (community) by engaging in community development projects.
The committee members of the foundation include Segun Arinze (Chairman) Ronnie Dikko (Secretary), Arinze Okonkwo, Zilly Tete, Biodun Okeowo, Susan Peters, Mimi Orjiekwe, Zeena Bako, Ali Nuhu, Wash Waziri Hong, Lilian Bach, Gloria Mba, Steve Eboh, Ruth kadiri, Don Pedro Aganbi and Dakore Akande.
Rollas further state that: “It is indeed my pleasure to welcome you all to this special occasion of unveiling the AGN Foundation and using same medium to mark one year anniversary of this government of National Unity of Actors Guild of Nigeria with my humble self at the helm of affairs.
Actors’ Guild of Nigeria is one among seven other professional guilds that form Nollywood which has accounted for more than 1.4% the country’s GDP or contributed about $7.2bn of Nigeria’s economy. This impact in the country’s development does represent the state of the association as it has experienced ups and downs and has grown stronger over the years.
“Veterans who have contributed to the development of the industry most times do not have anything to fall back on after so long number of years of service. Some move on to other businesses or sectors while some faces varnish with time. In the recent past, the guild have lost prominent veteran actors to serious illnesses due to certain medical conditions which could have been averted if there was a medium or platform set aside to harness the strength of the association to fund medical treatment of our own or a source for funding from philanthropist or Nigerians to help rescue their legends.
” Actors like Enebeli Elebuwa, Justus Esiri, Arshely Nwosu, Dave lhesie, Sam Loco Efe, Muna Obiekwe, Peter Bunor, Prince James Uche, and a host of others have been lost due to certain medical conditions and whose souls are resting in the bosom of the lord.”
According to him, “Presently, we have a roll call of ailing members who urgently need urgent medical assistance: Obigeli Molobe, Romanus Amuta as Natty in the new masquerade, Fabian Adibe, Chike Osuji, Nwani Okolo, Patience Oseni, Fidelis Ezenwa, Abraham Madubuko, Dan Nkolagu, Sani Idris Kauru, Mohammed Tata etc. These are men and women who were very active before now making us happy everyday from our TV sets at home but not anymore because of illness.
“With the talent and number of registered members, the era of begging money for dying members because of huge medical bills is of the past. The guild intends to set up a foundation with the sole mandate of generating five hundred million naira endowment fund for the actors and also serve as a medium to give back to the fans (community) by engaging in community development projects.
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