Nollywood actor and filmmaker Fred Amata has warned the media to desist from calling upcoming actors Veterans saying veterans are people who have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian movie industry over a long period of time.
Fred Amata, who is the president of the Directors Guild of Nigeria made the comments just days after actor after actor Zubby Michaels Criticized the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) organizers over an alleged snub of “pillars of Nollywood”.
Zubby, accused the AMVCA organizers of being tribalistic in their choice of awards by ignoring Igbo ‘veteran’ actors and now Amata has asked the media to stop referring to young actors and actresses as veterans.
Speaking in a press conference in Lagos to mark the Directors Guild of Nigeria forth coming 20 years anniversary celebrations, Amata insisted the word veteran should be used only for actors who deserve the title.
“I feel insulted when media people call young actors and directors veterans. How long have they been in Nollywood? What impact have they made in Nollywood? If you call them veterans of Nollywood, what would you call people like Keppy Bassey Ekpeyong or me that have been in the industry for long?” Amata asked.
“The Directors Guild of Nigeria, which was founded by six angry men, will be 20 this year. We will have a three day celebration in Abuja between April 23rd to 25rd. on the first day of the celebration; we have a novelty match between Nollywood personnels and the national house of assembly team. The other two days will be filled with activities, which included bestowing of awards on distinguished individuals such as Former president Goodluck Jonathan, Ooni of Ife and several other dignitaries.”
Fred Amata, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Jos, shot into limelight in 1986 for his role in a film titled Legacy.