AGN President Defends Senator Elisha Abbo's Appointment
By Dipo Omoware
The drama continues in the Actors Guild of Nigeria after its National President, Emeka Rollas defends the organisation's decision to appoint Senator Elisha Abbo as one of its patrons.
Rollas in an exclusive interview with PlusTV accused Nollywood veterans Hilda Dokunbo and Kate Henshaw of sensationalizing the senator's appointment. He said social media was not the place for such matters and advised the actresses to write to the association to air their concerns.
Earlier in the day, a video of Hilda Dokunbo protesting the appointment of the senator had gone viral. In the short video, the actress called out the association over its decision to appoint a "woman beater" as a patron.
An abuser of women as Patron of Actors Guild of Nigeria is an unpardonable abuse of the rights of all the females in the creative space especially #actors. We must stop every attempt at rubbishing our values as a people with such appointments in whatever guise. Consequently, Senator Abbo #sextoysenator must be delisted from our list of Patrons now. @k8henshaw @ajokesilva @ibinabofiberesima @uchejumbo @shangeorgefilms @omonioboli @monalisacode @ritadominic @iamshaffybello @realomosexy @genevievennaji @uzoosimkpa @stelladamasus @stephanielinus @mofedamijo @nfvcb @alibabagcfr @gideonokeke.ng @@oshinbose @bimboakintola @iniedo @instablog9ja @bimboademoye @actionaidnigeria @fida.nigeria @unwomen @bbcnews @drjoeodumakin @macfound Please keep tagging all stakeholders until he either steps aside or gets delisted by those who appointed him #saveourwomen #artislife #stopviolenceagainstwomen #savethecreativespace
In the text accompanying the 4 minute video, she wrote "An Abuser of women as a Patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria is an unpardonable abuse of the rights of all the females in the creative space especially #actors, We must stop every attempt at rubbishing our values as a people with such appointment in whatever guise. Consequently, Senator Abbo #sextoysenator must be delisted from out list of Patrons."
Another Nollywood sweetheart who took to social media to challenge the appointment was Kate Henshaw. In a tweet via her verified handle @Henshaw categorically stated that Elisha Abbo "is NOT worthy to be a patron of the Actos Guild of Nigeria."
Emeka Rollas, I cannot find your handle on Twitter, my name is Kate Henshaw and I do not mince words when I say @AbboElisha is NOT worthy to be a patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. We have women in this guild and we do not want to be slapped!!— Kate Henshaw (@HenshawKate) March 16, 2020
The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District made headlines back in July 2019 after a CCTV footgate showed him assaulting a female staff in a sex toy story.