Actor, Yomi Fabiyi has been suspended by The Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association over the release of the movie, Oko Iyabo, a movie he produced based on the events surrounding Baba Ijesha’s assault case.
The statement read in part, “Having listened to the detailed defense of Mr. Yomi Fabiyi, who is the Producer/Director of the controversial film ‘Oko Iyabo’ and his Co-Director, Mr. Dele Matti, the Ethic, Conflict and Resolution Committee hereby found them guilty of professional misconduct and unethical practices.
Although Mr. Yomi Fabiyi insisted that it is his fundamental human right to use his creative talent to produce films that will tell his own account of the trending issue but his Co-Director admitted his fault and regretted his involvement in the film.”
The association pointed out that except “the work of art is a ‘Cinema Verite’, no one is allowed to use real name(s) of another person (s) in a feature film. Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use real name(s), stories and factual events of the person(s) without their consent not to talk of a plot that is denigrating to that person.
“That the story, plot, theme, title, dialogue, names and general content of the film ‘Oko Iyabo’ is a factual presentation that may give rise to prejudice since the matter is already In court.”