The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has announced the lifting of the indefinite suspension placed on fast-rising Nollywood actress Queeneth Hilbert from film production activities over allegations of professional misconduct.
Monalisa Chinda Coker , AGN’s Director of Communications, made the announcement in a statement on Monday.
In the statement, the Director of Communication quoted Emeka Rollas, AGN president, as saying that the lifting of the sanction is effective from Monday, July 19, adding that it was however a “ Partial Lifting”.
“The indefinite suspension placed on Queeneth Hilbert on 3rd June 2021, by the Actors Guild of Nigeria has been partially lifted effective from 19/07/2021.
“This is to enable the Actress complete all pending contractual jobs she had entered before the suspension.
“The decision of the Guild to partially withdraw the suspension was in the spirit of comradeship with the Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria, FVPMAN, who wrote to express the untold hardship and losses some of its members who had contracted the Actress before her indefinite suspension are presently experiencing.
“In solidarity with FVPMAN over the plight of some of its members, AGN has to lift the ban partially to enable the actress complete all her pending jobs”, he said.
Coker, however, added that the suspension would be fully lifted after the embattled actress completes the filming of ‘De Meks Movies’ as recommended by the National Disciplinary Committee.
She said the National Disciplinary Committee of the guild, headed by veteran actor Sam Dede, had conducted thorough investigations on the matter, met with all concerned parties and came up with recommendations which the Guild would implement very soon.
“The National President expressed his heartfelt appreciation on behalf of the National Executives to the Disciplinary committee made up of renowned Actors such as, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Clarion Chukwurah, Funsho Adeolu, Tricia Eseigbe, Adigizi Bala and Lillian Amah- Aluko who serves as the Secretary, for extensive and thorough investigation into the matter.
“AGN urged all her members to always report any act of unprofessional treatment in any job to the state chapter chairman or National Secretariat for immediate action.
“Queeneth Hilbert is hereby free to resume filming of all existing and pending jobs that she has been contracted before the suspension with immediate effect.”
It could be recalled that the AGN pronounced indefinite suspension on Queeneth Hilbert following her ‘unprofesional conducts’, and her services were withdrawn from all movie sets
She was accused of breach of contract, abandoning of film sets without permission, gross negligence of production timing and protocols, collection of artistes fee without showing up for the production, refusal to refund fees collected after disappointment, among other complaints.
The Guild stressed that the actress’ disposition toward her profession was capable of tarnishing the age-long reputation of the association.