Following some opposing views in the media about the nature of the role of actress, Omotala Jalade in ‘Ties That Bind’ and her nomination for a supporting role gong in the upcoming African Movie Academy Awards, director of Ties That Bind, Leila Djansi has stated her views concerning the brouhaha.

The Chairman of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Screening Committee, Shaibu Shaibu Hussein  in response to an article on the issue recently commented, “…As far as we are concerned, the story of Ties that Bind revolves round the medical doctor who returns to revive the village clinic and encounters two other women with situations that bound them. The filmmaker may have intended for all three ladies to play lead, but in terms of the ‘weighting’ of the roles played by each character, Ama K is lead while the others, including Ebbe Bassey (the woman with the daughter that was defiled and infected), assist in advancing her story.”

According to the film maker, the first story she developed for ‘Ties That Bind’ was the story of Rose Adobea Onyomena, played by Omotola Jalade Ekeinde. All the other characters were woven around her and in the books of Turning Point Pictures and its affiliates, Omotola is the lead actress of ‘Ties That Bind’ alongside Kimberly Elise, and Ama K Abebrese. They were supported by David Dontoh, Ebbe Bassey, John Dumelo and Randall Batinkoff.

She also pleaded with the media and the public to stand down on the issue commenting that: “The film has received multiple Best Picture nominations and wins at festivals and awards around the globe and this was based on the stellar performance of both cast and crew. I sincerely doubt that Omotola J Ekeinde needs an award to attest to the fact that she is indeed a dynamic actress whose performance in Ties That Bind drew cheers, applause and spoke for the African woman.”

She continues: “Let us respect the choice of the African Movie Academy Awards and forge on to attain greater heights for our industry. I believe there are way more pressing matters in the world that require our attention and energy.  Ties That Bind opens in Nigerian cinemas June 1st 2012 and we hope Nigeria will enjoy the story of the film, support Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and revel in the voice she gives to the African woman.”

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