Jide Kosoko, a veteran Nollywood actor, has walked back a statement he made at a press conference organized by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria and the Elders of Nigerian Motion Pictures, in which he said he could bring down actresses Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing.
The actor began the 11-minute video on his verified Instagram profile by explaining that the viral TAMPPAN conference was not to support Baba Ijesha.
He clarified that, despite his reaction, he does not have the authority to drag someone down because he is not God.
Kosoko referred to the actresses as his children, stating he would never want to see them fail in the film industry because he, among others, laid the road for their success.
“It depends on how you think about my outburst about frustrating Nkechi out of the industry,” he remarked. I am not God, as many of you have stated. I don’t have the power to irritate anyone from anywhere. Because I regard Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing to be youngsters, everything I said was an attempt to soften them.
“Are you saying that if you upset your father and he says, ‘I’ll smack you and you’ll never use those eyes to see anything again,’ your father is willing to blind you? That is not the case.
“I went on to emphasize that they are our children as well. I believe we played a role in their success, and it would be foolish of us to undermine them. What we’re saying is simply to dissuade them from making disparaging remarks about TAMPPAN and the Yoruba film industry.”
The iconic actor also took advantage of the chance to state that he would never defend rape.
“First and foremost, I want you to know that the meeting was not about supporting Baba Ijesha, and that you should go check out all of the presentations. I myself oppose all forms of rape and have argued that the law should be allowed to run its course. That’s all I have to say on the subject.
“According to the Yorubas, a guilty individual will never go unpunished. In addition, an innocent person should not be treated as though they are guilty. That is my opinion. We expressed our disapproval of any act of rape at the conference.
“However, the conference will not be about Baba Ijesha. The conference did not object to Iyabo Ojo’s fight for the minor. We never claimed that what Iyabo Ojo is doing in terms of battling for the girl is inappropriate; we never said that. Please don’t misunderstand us. What we’re saying is that Iyabo Ojo should stop making disparaging remarks about TAMPAN and the Yoruba film industry.
“Baba Ijesha is a colleague in the Yoruba film industry, but you cannot blame the entire association or industry because of one person. That is what we want to change, and it is why we issued the “enough is enough” warning.”
TAMPAN and the entire Yoruba film industry, Kosoko contended, should not be associated with Baba Ijesha’s case.
Whether Baba Ijesha likes it or not, he will be dealt with by the law, according to him.
He went on to say that the conference was also utilized to distance the organization from Olofa Ina’s statements and the interview he gave inside the courtroom.
“That is not who we are, and he does not represent us,” Kosoko stated. He was not speaking on behalf of ‘us.’ I feel Iyabo Ojo’s remark had an emotional impact on him. “We’re not a part of it.”
By Olutayo Olusanya