Veteran actor and movie director, Fred Amata has emerged the President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria. The new DGN President, who is from a family of actors and movie makers was exposed to acting at a very tender age and has been in the Nigerian movie industry for decades as an actor, producer and a movie director.
ENCOMIUM Weekly had a chat with the good looking, never aging Fred Amata. He told us all about how he emerged the President of Directors Guild of Nigeria, his agenda and more…
Congratulations on your emergence as the President of Directors Guild of Nigeria. How do you feel?
I feel very thankful to God.
It was said that you contested two times before, to what will you attribute your success?
The first time I contested it was not part of the contest. Unfortunately, I did not win. The second time, I did everything possible and it didn’t click. The third time I went on my knees and prayed to win and that made the difference.
What encouraged you not to give up?
Passion kept me going and trying. I felt there were things that needed to be done that were still not done and I would not let them remain. By the grace of God, we would do them at the fullness of time. Details are on my website www.fredamata.com.ng.
What is your agenda for DGN?
We have looked into a lot of things and an agenda is clearly stated out on my website on how we intend to work this time. So, we’ve set targets, timelines and deadlines.
The first thing that we are about to do is just maintain the basic structures that should exist in a guild, build up our website and build a functional secretariat.
What do you think makes a good director?
A good director must be a visionary. He has to understand the complexity of life before he can understand how things work technically.
What are the major challenges of Nigerian movie directors?
There are challenges everywhere in the world. In our part of the world, the entire system is still not properly and completely structured. There are challenges of dictating what type of content the director is given to achieve, influence from the sponsors and executive producers then the issue of availability of equipment.
What do you think is the way out for some of these challenges?
Most of all, the structures. We have a council that should take care of the practice itself. The council has not been signed into law, Movie Practitioners Council. Most of the challenges including piracy would be tackled when the council is fully set up.
- TINUOLA JOSEPH