By Benjamin Njoku
After becoming the Vice President of the Association of Movie Producers, AMP, for two consecutive times, actress cum producer, Lillian Amah-Aluko, has declared her intention to vie for president of the association in their forthcoming election.
The ace producer made her intention known during an interactive session with entertainment journalists last Sunday. And to actualize her ambition, she paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, during the week to seek his support.
Lilian said her sole aim in running for the position is to put the right structures in place, with a view to facilitating the welfare of members as well as establishing treaties with other movie-producing countries.
According to her, “I served as vice-president of Association of Movie Producers under Paul Obazele’s last tenure and Zik Zulu Okafor’s first tenure. I was vice-president for two terms of two years each. In the course of these four years, I’ve been actively involved in the guild politics. I came to realise that there is a disconnect in the industry. I just came back with some of my colleagues from the University of California where we went on training. While there, we discovered that they have very active guilds. You cannot go into America and start carrying camera or start doing anything: you must contact the guild in charge. The script writer is protected by the script writers’ guild; producers are protected by the producers’ guild among others. They have very strong unions, with rules and regulations.”
Lilian who has acted in many Nollywood films lamented the lack of professionalism and decline in the industry, pledging , however,that if elected president, along with members of her executive, she will reposition the guild by reconciling all warring factions.
“What we have in Nollywood, as I discovered in my years as vice-president, is that it’s an all- comers affair. People come in, do whatever they want, with little or no professionalism. And with the piracy situation, you find out that the producers are suffering. Every other day you journalists help us to announce that one practitioner is down with one illness or the other; and we call on government and kind-spirited individuals to help, whereas as professionals in quote, we should not be begging for food or healthcare.
All of these things get me thinking and I said to myself and to others: what do we really need for the guild to take their rightful place? I’m speaking from the perspective of AMP, which I belong to. It’s time for us to take our rightful place.”
According to Lilian, “By venturing into movie politics, I have a lot of innovations in my agenda which will help to lift the profile of our members, with the help of the other members of the executive.”
With every member of the executive, when elected, we will join hands together to make sure the health of our members is of priority, with their families as well. I personally feel that the decline in the industry is due to our own fault.”