-New Chairman Tampan’s Guild of Directors , Olatunji
By Bamidele Kolawole
Popular filmmaker and movie director, Damola Olatunji, has emerged as the chairman of Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN),’s Guild of Directors.
The election was conducted online and headed by Director Tunde Ola Yusuf, the Electoral Committee Chairman of the Guild.
Damola Olatunji is an Osun indigene who hails from Edunabon, a town under Ife North local Government, in Osun state. He is also a graduate of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
During an interview with Friday Extravaganza, he noted that his plans is to promote more professionalism in the movie industry and also lay hands on some other mounting issues in the industry.
Other elected officers of the association include Mr Odunlade Adekola (Tampan National Director of Motion Pictures), Mr Wale Ilebiyi (Newly Elected Guild Secretary), Otunba Bolaji Amusan JP (TAMPAN PRESIDENT), Emperor Damola Olatunji (Newly Elected Guild Chairman), Mr Okiki Afolayan (Newly Elected Guild Treasurer), Mr Anthony Ogundimu (Newly Elected Guild Provost), Mr Tola Bolaji (Newly Elected Guild PRO).
“My emergence as the chairman of TAMPAN Guild of Directors is a victory for the industry. I tagged it victory for the industry because I have always been an advocate for the formalisation of our industry in the sense that, our industry is too porous and informal.
“That is why we call for proper regulation. Over the years we have seen that a lot of people just come over and tagged themselves directors and that is why we keep turning out low quality movies. So I have always been an advocate of good production, professionalism, formalisation of the industry and all that. So my coming on board is out of passion and readiness to work and serve so we can standardise and have professionals in the industry.
“As we all know that a director is the general overseer of a movie, so if a director is up to the task, then definitely, we should expect a very good movie.
“We intend embarking on serious workshop and seminars for our directors, it is something we have started working on, and we hope to organise as many workshop and seminars as possible, so that we can orientate and re-orientate our directors, so that when they get professional, they will start rolling out professional jobs.
“It is a known fact that we talk about the Nigerian movie industry as one of the largest in the world and all that, but when we talk about the largest in the world, are we really rolling out quality products? We roll out low-budget and substandard products, so we just need to work on what we have.
We have the fanbase, we have the market, but we need to get professional and that is what we are working on which will be facilitated by competent hands, like the last one we had which was with our mentor, Tunde Kilani of Mainframe Productions, so we are coming up with great ideas to improve the creativity of our movie directors,” he said
He urged his fans to all continue to stay safe so that when the pandemic was over, they could all enjoy together.
He thanked them for believing in him, accepting him and appreciated them for always supporting him and his career.