TAMPAN suspends Yomi Fabiyi, director, summons the cast


Following the controversy following the release of the controversial film “Oko Iyabo”, Yoruba actor Yomi Fabiyi has been suspended indefinitely by the umbrella organization of Yoruba filmmakers, TAMPAN.

Dele Matti, who co-directed “Oko Iyabo”, has also been suspended.

TAMPAN made this known in a statement on his official Instagram account on Friday. It was signed by Yemi Amodu, director of research and documentation.

Recall that Mr. Fabiyi was summoned Thursday before the ethics, conflict and resolution committee of the association.

Mr. Fabiyi has kept his promise to release a film based on the rape allegation made against his beleaguered colleague and close friend, Omiyinka Olanrewaju (Baba Ijesha).

“Oko Iyabo,” which is loosely based on Baba Ijesha’s alleged rape saga, his “social media trial” and all parties involved, debuted on YouTube on Sunday.

The film has since been taken private on YouTube due to the outcry following its release.


In the infamous film, Omiyinka Olanrewaju aka Baba Ijesha, who is on trial for alleged rape and child sexual assault, was portrayed as innocent of the charges against him.

The film received a backlash from viewers and celebrities alike as many people posted it on Youtube.

But on Wednesday morning, Fabiyi on his Instagram account said he had to “lower it (the movie) out of respect until we can explain ourselves properly.”

“OKO IYABO movie is not banned, stop spreading lies and rumors, the marketer and I have decided to withdraw it as a sign of respect until we can explain ourselves properly. I understand the reactions most genuine and decent Obviously there is no such thing as a perfect film and any film is open to criticism, ”he said.


Justifying the suspension in its statement, TAMPAN said Fabiyi is “guilty of professional misconduct and unethical practices”.


The association said it came to the decision after listening to the detailed defense of Fabiyi who produced and directed the controversial film. They also said his co-manager, Mr Matti, was also questioned and convicted of the same offense.

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TAMPAN said their ethics, conflict and resolution committee found them guilty of professional misconduct and unethical practices.

According to the statement, Mr. Matti admitted his fault and regretted his involvement in the film, but Mr. Fabiyi insisted that “it is his fundamental right to use his creative talent to produce films that will tell his story. story of the issue of trends “.

Mr Amodu, in the statement, said Matti’s suspension would last for three months for showing remorse.

Meanwhile, TAMPAN also summoned all of the actors from the ‘Oko Iyabo’ film set to appear before its Ethics, Conflict and Resolution Committee on July 24.


The committee accused Mr. Fabiyi of causing social unrest with the film and of dragging the association’s name through the mud.

The statement read: “Mr. Yomi Fabiyi has deliberately produced / directed a film without resorting to film ethics, thereby engaging in a work of art that is knowingly designed to cause social crisis.

“Except that the artwork is a ‘Cinema Verite’ (a real life documentary), no one is allowed to use the real name (s) of another person (s). ) in a feature film. Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use one or more real name (s), stories and factual events of the person (s) without their consent to not speak of a conspiracy that disparages that person. “

The association also noted that “the story, plot, theme, title, dialogue, names and general content of the film” OKO IYABO “is a factual presentation which may give rise to prejudices since the he case is already before the courts.

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