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Following the press conference convened by film and video producers and marketers association of Nigeria held at no.135 ogunlana drive surulere lagos on the 4th of march 2013. The national spokes person of the association in the person of mr. Nobert Ajaegbu who is also the chairman of lagos chapter of FVPMAN took a stand on the present brouhaha rocking the motion picture industry popularly called ‘nollywood’after the wake of the infamous meeting held at ikeja . In which some stakeholders were barred from entering. Also the association reacted on what they described as “the reckless statement , unguarded opinions, uncouth attitude and irresponsible behavior” of the leadership of the AMP in the person of zik zulu okafor. Here are a summary of the major points.
1.       The association completely disassociated itself from the proposed nollywood at 20 celebration by the association of movie producers (AMP). However they expressed the eagerness towards the silver jubilee and also revealed that they have set machinery in motion.
2.       The association affirmed that the 3 billion naira grant is not for importation of practitioners or for the resurrection of docile practitioners but to empower the existing structures and make them economically more feasible, vibrant and also soften their age long plight. They also encouraged the federal government to disregard and shun any suggestions to the contrary and that they should go through the guild channels to get accurate feedback.
3.       The association also made known its grievances towards AMP’s leadership and dissociated itself from them. It placed an embargo that none of the members will market any work of AMP members. Particularly the president Mr. zik zulu okafor. Also the president of the screen writers’ guild of Nigeria (SWGN) announced that the membership of Mr. zik zulu okafor has been revoked and henceforth all registered writers are to seize from doing any form of business with him in that regard.
4.       Lastly the stakeholders’ forum voiced their immense support for the African movie academy awards (AMAA).  They endorsed a two-day work free day on the 19th and 20th of April 2013. In their statement they say  “we do this, conscious that the awards have in the past done so much to raise standards of film making through various programs and therefore needs to be reciprocated to enable the organizers to continue to deliver on its objective at this and subsequent editions.
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