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AGN to enforce Compulsory Holidays and no-shoot days for Nigerian actors

The Actor’s Guild of Nigeria in a communique, issued at its just concluded annual congress held in Enugu, announced that Nigerian actors would observe compulsory holidays at least once a week to rest and replenish their lost energy.

The AGN President, Emeka Rollas, who shared a copy of the communique with PREMIUM TIMES, said the directive will take effect in March 2022.

He said, “Following a medical survey by the Guild, it was discovered that Nigerian actors work round the clock without any leave, holiday or rest day which results to many actors being overstressed and falling sick at the same time, therefore: Effective from 1st March, 2022, Actors shall observe “HOLIDAY” on every Sunday to rest and replenish the lost energy.

”Mr Rollas said, Sundays or Fridays (as maybe appropriately applicable in the different zones) are to be observed as no-shoot days.

He added that every last Thursday of the month remains a half-day shoot for AGN state general meetings nationwide.

The communique also addressed the repeated reports of professional misconduct amongst actors. It also cautioned some of its members who were fond of collecting monies without completing projects, thereby delaying productions.

Those whom the guild found guilty of this unprofessional act are Uju Okolie, Flash Boy, Luchy Donald, Queeneth Hilbert and Jerry Williams. The Congress gave these actors the grace of November to finish all pending projects.

However, the guild also commended Mike Ezuruonye and Mike Godson, for maintaining a high level of professional ethos as they don’t indulge in engaging in more than one job at a particular period of time.

The guild also stated that from March 2021, artists are not allowed to engage in any production without a contract that stipulates 14-working days.

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