Nollywood actors Ibinabo Fiberesima and Emeka Ike have reconciled after years of being rivals in the struggle for the position of President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
The crisis was resolved at the 2017 Peace and Reconciliation Conference held in Enugu, which had representatives from 29 AGN state chapters in attendance.
Addressing the media, Ibinabo and Emeka agreed that peace was now very necessary as their division has stagnated the Guild and it has also rubbed off on the Nigerian movie industry.
Ibinabo said, “The division was not about I, Ibinabo, but about the BOT of the Guild whose tenure has longed expired and has refused to allow fresh ideas and innovations and I said NO, because Nollywood is a global phenomenon and the idea of life BOT will not just work.”
Emeka added that, ‘’As you know this agitation has cost me a lot but today because of the youths I have embraced peace so we can build the future generation together. This reconciliation is for the young Actors in Nollywood.”
Ibinabo also disclosed that her immediate plan was to take out her appeal in the court and call for a proper joint congress of both factions where the process to conduct a national free, fair and transparent election that will herald a new dawn in Actors Guild of Nigeria would be held.
She said, “Today is one of the happiest days of my life because we can now say Peace at last in AGN. Our members should be allowed to choose their leaders in a peaceful manner and by tricks and ambushing.
‘’This division has not helped us in any way. I thank Emeka Ike who has made this day possible.’’