NATIONAL PRESIDENT ACTORS GUILD OF NIGERIA
STATE OF THE GUILD
I took over leadership of the guild on 22nd August 2017 at a PEACE and RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE in Enugu.
After taking stock of events of the past and present and observed that we have not done very well collectively as a Guild.
No functional national office, no proper accounting systems, no functional website and automated method of payments
PRESS AND MEDIA BRIEFING: RE-BRANDING THE ACTORS GUILD OF NIGERIA
FRIDAY 20TH APRIL 2018 AT THE SHERATON HOTELS AND TOWERS, LAGOS, NIGERIA
AN ADDRESS BY EMEKA ROLLAS EJEZIE, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, ACTOR’S GUILD OF NIGERIA
Gentlemen of the Press and Media, the Board of Trustees Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), my Vice Presidents and Chairmen of AGN State Chapters, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this briefing which we have organized to announce the ‘Re-branding’ of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
The need to re-brand AGN comes from a burden of the effects of the rancor and disunity which has plagued the leadership and permeated the membership of our noble Guild in the past. Following the August 2017 Peace and Reconciliation Conference in Enugu and the consequent national appointment of Government of National Unity in which I emerged as the National President, My National Executive and I have sought to build on the strengths of our Guild, work hard on delimiting those weaknesses that threaten cohesion and development of our Trade and Guild.
As such, we have proactively embarked on the critical process of consolidating an effective and responsive Administration while we are exerting measurable effort to build capacities across board in the Guild so that we can boost our potential as a major player in Nigeria’s fast growing Creative Economy.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) is the umbrella body for all Screen Actors in Nigeria with a membership of over One hundred and fifty thousand (150, 000) practitioners in thirty-two States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory. This makes the AGN perhaps the largest Association of Professional Interest in the Nigerian Culture Sector. The Guild is also a proud affiliate of FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL ACTORS (FIA)
Going by available statistics, the AGN is in a position of comparative and strategic advantage to engage meaningfully with stakeholders such as Government, the Organized Private Sector and relevant International Development Organizations. My Administration intends to fully maximize this potential.
This re-branding/unveiling exercise is expected to achieve the following: Showcase the new AGN identity card. Unveil the new logo of AGN. Introduce the New AGN General Insurance product Introduce the AGN Strategic Plan to the media. Unveil the new AGN mobile APP with payment gateway/website and showcase its interactivity.
Introduce a unified AGN devoid of rancor to the general public. The significance of this event can best be appreciated considering the fact that after a history of several years of rancor, our great Guild is publicly uniting to chart a new path forward. We believe very firmly, that to get to where we need to as a nation, all hands must be on deck to deal with the issues. This includes the Public and Private Sectors, Civil Society, Nigerians and of course you, the Press and Media who are the Fourth Estate of the Realm. Our faith in the possibility of a better Nigeria is unshakable and we trust that together with the Media, significant contribution can be made to the changes we desire in values, attitudes and determination to ensure development in Nigeria.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, our National Executive Council, Chairmen of the State Chapters and the membership of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), I thank Universal Insurance PLC for believing in this partnership. We therefore invite you as our Partners and Joint Stakeholders in the Nigeria project, to give this event the necessary maximum publicity, to create awareness and better understanding of the important role we can play in building a better Nigeria.
Thank you and God bless you.
Emeka Rollas Ejezie,
National President, Actors Guild Of Nigeria