MC Olokpa, a Warri based comedian, has written a very lengthy open letter to Nollywood actor and Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Richard-Mofe-Damijo.
According to him, Richard failed in his duties as the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta.
“It’s with pains in my heart and with disappointment that I decided to write you this letter.Our hopes were high when you were brought into the Uduaghan government as Special Adviser onentertainment and Talent development and later commissioner for culture and Tourism about 7years ago.
Entertainers in Delta were happy that a veteran has come back home and also in a better position to reposition entertainment in Delta state.
Because even before coming into government, you have being trying all by yourself to develop entertainment which gave birth to MADE IN WARRI. It was a proud platform for Warri entertainers coming together to showcase themselves.
It became one of the most anticipated shows then in the country because that’s where you get the real warri comedians. I remember the out going governor do attend even before he became the Governor.
And so, you can see where am coming from with this my Open letter.
You happen to be one of the most respected Nollywood actor in the country and beyond. The mention of your name makes the ladies go gaga with the way you play romantic roles on movie set.
And so, so much was expected from you as a commissioner.
Sir, before I go further, please ask yourself, did you meet up that expectation? Can you boast of any achievement all through your tenure?
The first project you embarked on was DELTA TALENT QUEST (DTQ).
The aim was to discover talents in Delta state and promote them and so entertainers came out in their numbers.
A special house was built in Asaba specially for this project just to mention how serious you took that project.The project was broken into Comedy, Music, dance and movie.I participated in theComedy Audition but was not among the finally 20 comedians they picked but my close friend Koliko qualify.That competition made even Comedian I go laugh to go and buy his car because he felt he was being insulted by one of the officials.I still remember how almost all the comedians in Delta state came out to slog it out with themselves and be the lucky winner of a brand new car, 1million and other benefits.
But after all the maiden Edition of comedy, Music, dance and movie edition was done, it became that last time DTQ was ever mentioned.
No explanation was given as to why the project was stopped but a Top comedian recently during a chat said about 300million is still being budgeted for that every year and part of it is now being use to finance One of the BIGGEST CONCERT IN WARRI. But it still remains an allegation sha but you can’t ignore every allegations these days most especially in Government.
And the worst part is that when you pay comedians coming from Lagos atleast 500K, they pay our DTQ winners 50k and someone still cut the money before it gets to them.
So you see if there were other words I can use other than disappointment about your tenure I will definitely use it.
Sir you have being in this industry to know how things works but you just sat down, collected your salaries, bonuses plus all the CORNER MARKINGS ( only warri boys go understand ) and www.thatsall while we are still where we are.
He further stated,
WARRI is the home of entertainment and should be treated as one.
Its a pity I come from a country where if you dare speak the truth, you are label as a REBEL but we owe it as a duty to speak out so that people should start doing the right thing. Even as we share the National cake, we should remember the Cake is for everybody.
Sir if you think all what have said is just my own personal opinion, send some neutral persons into the street, you will be shocked with the kind of feed back you will get.
Sir in Shun Bebe voice, someone asked me, Who RMD help? i nor go lie i couldn’t answer him