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Nigerian Actors, Nkechi Blessing and Kehinde Adams suspended by TAMPAN over social media clash

Actors Nkechi Blessing Sunday and Kehinde Adams aka Lege have been suspended by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, TAMPAN, for fighting dirty on social media. Both actors have been at odds with each other in recent weeks over the arrest of their colleague, Baba Ijesha, who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

TAMPAN has asked film directors who are members of its association to refrain from working with both actors with immediate effect until their suspension is lifted, according to a statement signed by actor Damola Olatunji and posted on the Association's Instagram page.

“The attention of the National Body of TAMPAN (Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria) has been drawn to the unruly acts, exchange of detrimental verbal utterances, and other acts that are causing disrespect to the association's image and our noble profession in general,” the statement read in part.

[24/05, 10:47] Freddy: "Until further notice, all Guilds under TAMPAN have been directed to refrain from having professional dealings with Sunday Nkechi Blessing and Mr. Adams Kehinde (Lege)." In accordance with our parent body, the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria, a punitive order is necessary to restore our battered image, as the show of shame currently ongoing on social media between the two practitioners, Sunday Nkechi Blessing and Mr. Adams Kehinde, is creating a bad image for our noble profession. "

[24/05, 10:48] Freddy: TAMPAN went on to say that any filmmaker who disobeyed the directive would be prosecuted for breaking the law.

“In light of the foregoing, it has been decreed that no director from this guild (TAMPAN Guild of Directors) shall employ the two actors in any capacity. Going against this directive is tantamount to breaking the parent body's law, which will result in more punitive measures being taken against the lawbreaker! “I am hopeful that this directive will be followed to the letter,” the statement concluded.

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