By Theresa Moses
LAGOS/Nigeria: Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas has dissociated self from a poster in circulation on the internet and other places that has his photo, that of Ifeanyi Azodo and Hollywood veteran actors, Sylvester Stallone and Samuel L. Jackson for a film project.
It could be recalled that the veteran Nollywood actor had sometimes ago warned against payment for movie audition in whatever guise.
Rollas said that this particular poster stipulated the sum of $5.55 or N2, 000 for interested persons to collect their form.
In a statement made available to journalists, Rollas said: “My attention has been drawn to a poster with my photo, Ifeanyi Azodo, Hollywood veteran actors, Sylvester Stallone and Samuel L. Jackson for a film project which the organizers claim to audition actors at different states of Nigeria.
The poster also claims that interested persons should pick form for $5.55 or N2,000. I write to dissociate myself and my position as national president from the organizers. I have earlier warned AGN members not to attend auditions where they would be required to pay money. So, why would I be involved in this kind of charade?
“Early in the month of May, someone called me on phone and asked for my permission to audition in different states of Nigeria where AGN has presence. I asked him where he was from, he said from the U.S. embassy but I asked him if he works with the embassy, he said no. Few days later, he called to tell me about a certain form to be sent from the U.S. that people must pay to be auditioned. I told him the position of the guild on payment of whatever guise. I have repeatedly asked him to make himself available for a physical meeting but he remained incommunicado. I am very surprised to see this. I state clearly that I have no dealings with the organisers either as an individual or as a guild.
We have had series of meetings with Screen Actors of America as proud affiliates of Federation of International Actors, so we know how it works.”