On Tuesday, 80 Nollywood stars under the aegis of Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) were at the presidential villa, Aso rock in Abuja. The visit which is a courtesy visit was led by the president of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima. She was supported by top members of AGN members of the Board of Trustees and executives of the guild. During the visit, the president was being named the Grand Patron of Actors Guild. He will be the first and only person to be named a grand patron of the body.
At the villa were, top names in the movie industry including, Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, Monalisa Chinda, ini Edo, Stephanie Okereke, Chidi Mokeme, Segun Arinze, Dan Ibro, Funke Akindele, and Dieweight Ikpechukwu. Also there were Fidelis Duker, Chico Ejiro, Abubakar Yakub, Sule Mijinyawa, Mercy Aigbe, Ifeanyi Dike, Keppy Ekpeyong, Desmond Elliot, Fred Amata and Uche Ogbodo amongst many others.
According to industry feelers, the visit was more than it looks like, they believe that it is a means for the actors to position themselves for the 2015 campaign windfall. Usually, during election years, entertainers including actors are included in the campaign train of politicians, and this is normally a lucrative venture for them. The visit of these actors to the president looks suspect as general elections is just months away. One of the actors however says that is not the case, “Yes, the president has done very well and deserves a second term, but that is not the reason we visited him,” she said asking her identity not to be revealed.