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‘They have no authority to ban her.’: Words spoken in support of actress Mercy Johnson

mercyLast week it was revealed that Nigerian movie marketers were making a move to have Nollywood’s foremost actress, Mercy Johnson banned. (Read here if you missed it)

The official reason given for the impending ban was ‘difficult conditions on set’, but it appears the real reason is money. The marketers are ganging up on her because she currently charges the highest fees per movie, between N1.8 million and N2 million.

The ban which is due to take effect starting next year however has been deemed unauthorized by the president of the Association of Movie Distributors, Gabriel Onyinyechi Okoye, popularly known as Gabosky. In an interview with NET, he said about the marketers: “They haven’t perfected their job, they are interfering with actors. It’s none of their business.”

He went on to add that Mercy cannot be blacklisted by marketers because they do not have the legal authority to do so. “When did they become the authority?” he asks.

However, the Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) greatly influence movie-making in Nigeria, as more often than not, they are responsible for bank-rolling movie projects. They choose a movie’s lead characters, alter storylines and even choose movie titles.

That makes them pretty authoritative to me. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

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