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Dele Odule Set to Lead Breakaway Theater Practitioners

Dele Odule Set to Lead Breakaway Theater Practitioners

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

A veteran in the theater profession, Dele Odule is prepared to lead a new group of practitioners of the craft under the banner of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (TAMPPAN).

Odule towards this has picked a form from the electoral body of the association in Abeokuta to contest the Presidency of the newly registered group.


AfricanOutlookonline reliably gathered that the maiden election of the association, is scheduled to hold on December 20 in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.


However, it was learnt that the inauguration of the new body, was the fallout out of unresolved crisis within the Association of National Theater Practitioners, (ANTP), coupled with a court judgement which was not in line with some aggrieved members' wishes and thus decided to pull out to form a new body.


Odule while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta after purchasing his form, said he was contesting to put sanity into the entertainment industry, calling on his members to see the work as a joint effort that must be done.  The Presidential aspirant, accompanied by his lawyer wife, said he is not contesting to become a boss, but would take the bull by the horn, to make the profession more credible and regain its lost glory.


Hear him: "Our new association,TAMPPAN is duly registered, and I can tell you that, henceforth we are set to redeem the mess in the entertainment industry, and regain its lost glory, that is now we are chartered practitioners. There is no imposition anymore, no more godfather-ism, that is why I picked my form openly, and I am going to return it openly. God will guide us on this noble course."


Odule who has reportedly garnered over three decades of experience in the profession, explained that the new association has no issue with ANTP, and further declared that the theater industry is not going to be a dumping ground anymore. "No more mediocrity, he said.


He added, "We also solicit media support, we are one family, and shall need your support. We want to take back the lost glory of our profession."


The Chairman of the Electoral Committee to conduct the election, Deinde Lateef, told newsmen that 18 offices will be contested by interested members of the association.


He said that the collection of forms which is still ongoing  would close December 10, adding that screening of candidates is scheduled for December 18, presentation of candidates' Manifestos, December 19, while election will take place December 20. He said all these are to take place in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.