GILBERT LUKALIA IS CHAIRMAN AS NEW OFFICIALS ELECTED TO THE KENYA ACTORS GUILD
22nd June 2014 marked yet another new dawn in Kenya’s acting fraternity as the Kenya Actors Guild finally gets new leadership. After being conceptualized in 2008 and officially registered in 2012, the guild which had been dormant for years has finally made a bold step forward.
Many a flourishing film industry with structures knows the importance of a having a guild to represent, protect and take care of its members. Kenyan actors have never had meaningful representation to fight injustices that threaten their livelihood. History and sometimes bitter experience have taught us that a lone voice is not going to suddenly infuse the entertainment industry with justice, fairness and integrity. In most cases, individual actors do not have the financial resources to take contractual disputes to court. The only way to create an improved working environment in the entertainment industry is to stand together and act with a common purpose.
Approximately 60 actors heeded a public call to meet at Kenya National Theatre to undertake a registration and voting exercise that was spearheaded by the outgoing chairman of the guild, Peter King.
After a rigorous well executed process, we now have the following new officials of the guild as permitted by the Guilds constitution:
Gilbert Lukalia as the chairman
Millicent Ogutu as the secretary
Elly Yang as the Treasurer (retains his roles as treasurer)
Top line from left to right: Steve Kantigima, Peter King,Millicent Ogutu and Peter King
Bottom line from left to right: Elly Yang, Neomi Wambui, Mbeki Mwalimu and Nice Githinji
The team has a big task ahead of them to meet the objectives of the guild which include but are not limited to:
(a) To promote the Intellectual Property Rights within Kenya and in particular among performers through sensitization, education and empowerment of Kenyan performers;
(b) To agitate and lobby for equitable levels of compensation, benefits and working conditions for performers;
(c) The collection of compensation for exploitation of their recorded performances and protection against unauthorized use; and
(d) The preservation and expansion of work opportunities.
Actors who did not attend the meeting and therefore could not register to be members of the guild, will soon find out how to do so as the new committee will plan an effective way to do so.
An AGM will also soon be called for registered actors.
As we celebrate this new landmark in the acting industry, we all know that it’s the little steps that we take that matter. Acting is a profession to the many actors making a livelihood from it and we look forward to making it a more formidable one.
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