Edo Entertainers Laments Non-Recognition And Patronage
Edo State Artistes under the aegis of Entertainment Association of Edo State (EAES), have decried the non-recognition and patronage of their services owing to the failure of music and entertainment promoters in the state to engage them in shows, but gives preference to Lagos-based entertainers.
The group urged entertainment promoters in the state and the country to play the game by the rule, stressing the need of having 60 percent local content of any entertainment show, especially in the state.
While describing the situation as appalling, the President of the Association, Mr. Iselobor Airemen popularly known as Miyaki, vow to seek legal action against any show promoter who disregard members of Association by giving little or no attention to members of the entertainment industry in the state but give preference to entertainers from outside the state.
Iselobor made the disclosure during the unveiling and fund raising ceremony of the Association where the 10-man executive was inaugurated. He urged the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and all well-meaning individuals in the state to consider the entertainment industry as a way of creating jobs for the unemployed youths and invest in it.
He explains that the Association, a platform made up of all genre of entertainment and entertainers in the state was established with the objective of “fostering a bond that would channel artistes weakness to strength by giving assistance to younger ones in building a formation of pacesetters for the next generation to emulate.”
Iselobor added that his commitment to the Association is to improve the welfare and status of Edo state artistes. “I am going to do my best to make sure we achieve our aims as a registered platform in the state. Most times, when people come from other places to perform here
without us, I feel bad because we are not carried along.
“What I will strive to do as the new president now is that if you are bringing 40 percent from Lagos, you must be able to take 60 percent of our content to make up your show. If you don’t do that we will take you to court which will end up closing your show,” he stated.