A popular actor and producer, Dele Odule, has emerged the President of the newly established Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria, TAMPAN.
The association is a breakaway faction of the crisis-ridden Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners, ANTP, which is largely made up of actors and actresses in the Yoruba movie industry.
Mr. Odule had been involved in a tussle for the presidency of ANTP with Victor Ashaolu. A Federal High Court in Ibadan had in January declared Mr. Ashaolu as the authentic president of ANTP. Dissatisfied with the ruling and unable to resolve their differences, Mr. Odule, and others in his faction of ANTP, formed TAMPAN.
At the TAMPAN election held at the Glory View Hotel, Bodija, Ibadan on Saturday, Dele Odule was elected president unopposed with 91 votes.
The other officials of the recently registered association are Antar Laniyan (Deputy President), Abbey Lanre (Director of Motion Picture), Razaq Adewale (Director of Theatre Arts), Bolaji Amusan (Director of Organisation and Business),Yomi Fash-Lanso (Director of Publicity and Research), Ayo Olabiyi (General Secretary), Bamidele Adeoti (Financial Secretary), Fathia Balogun (Director of Socials) and Toyosi Adesanya (Provost Marshal)
In his acceptance speech, Dele Odule said he would use his office to resist the influence of godfatherism in the Nigerian movie industry. He also promised that all members of the association would be carried along in its affairs.