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‘The Musical controversy’ House of Oduduwa, Austen-Peters battle for Moremi soul

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A controversy is brewing between the House of Oduduwa and Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions over the intellectual right to the Moremi the Musical.

Recall that Bolanle Austen-Peters, despite objections from the House of Oduduwa, announced the successful screen of the controversial stage play with almost about 40,000 views.

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According to a statement signed by the producer of Moremi the Musical, Joseph Umoibom, while reiterating that it ownership belongs to BAP, stated that the stage play was its own contribution in ameliorating the effect of coronavirus lockdown.

“It was like our own CSR to Nigerians and, more importantly, a gift to our teeming fans all over the world and to the cast and crew of the play whose sweat and labour of love have once again been appreciated by the wonderful comments while the streaming was on.

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“We have the right on the intellectual property ownership of the play, as the signed MoU is a legal document that clearly stipulates the rights and entitlements of the collaborating parties on the project,” he said.

But the House of Oduduwa thought otherwise.

The House of Oduduwa insisted that Bolanle Austen-Peters didn’t have the right to stream the stage online as IP right wasn’t part of the signed agreement.

“Mrs Bolanle Austen- Peters did not tell the world the full story of her infringement of Intellectual Property Rights in ‘Moremi The Musical’ written, produced and performed under an agreement between Bolanle Austen Peters Productions (BAP) and House of Oduduwa Foundation (HoOF).

“In September 2018, the two parties entered into an agreement where BAP was commissioned to adapt and deliver the Moremi script for stage performance of Moremi The Musical in Nigeria and abroad,” HoOF claimed.

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It was also alleged that BAP was fully paid for delivering the stage performances including payment for the use of its TerraKulture venue.

“In due recourse to Mrs. Austen-Peters, the play was billed to continue in December 2019. However, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters refused to participate because she was busy with other plans. We pleaded with her to no avail. We had paid for the venue. She told us to cancel. We had no other choice than to commission another production company with their own choreography, music and direction to deliver the stage performance at InterContinental, at an additional huge cost to HoOF.

“The question we asked ourselves was; should we be stuck with Mrs. Austen-Peters’ personal programmes or preferences when we knew we own the intellectual property rights and we could commission new production, especially after her refusal?”

That was the disagreement HoOF had with BAP or so it thought it was the only disagreement.

“Little did we know she could go as far as embarking on streaming the play on YouTube when she knew that was far outside her domain because she did not own the IP rights.”

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The HoOF lamented that it was unfortunate for a professional to act in such a way and unapologetically breach an agreement.

“It is unfortunate that those who ought to know better can chose to embark on actions in breach of the law.

“For the avoidance of doubt, BAP does not own the intellectual property rights in Moremi The Musical and clearly she could not have owned the rights in the original script or the trademark – “Queen Moremi Ajansoro” belonging to the HoOF, neither does she have the right to exploit the work in the digital media as she has flagrantly done in what she has called her ‘version of the play’.

“No ethical entity in the creative or any industry at all would tread that path in infringement of Intellectual Property Rights if they are not under the impression that they are above the law.

“It is now her lot to rush to the public arena to justify her unlawful and illegal act.”

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The HoOF threatened not to let such attitude fly by without due action.

“We promise every well-meaning lover of arts that we will not allow this unlawful act to stand, not to the utter disdain on the office of Ooni & the House of Oduduwa Foundation,” the statement read.

How this friction will pan out, the coming days is pregnant.

The House of Oduduwa Foundation in an ongoing commitment to relentless service to humanity, is a vocal advocate for the less privileged, driven by His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

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Rita Dominic allegedly debunks reports she gave birth to twins

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic, has debunked reports that she welcomed a set of twins with her husband.

Reports made the rounds on Wednesday that the Nollywood star who tied the knot with her husband, Fidelis Anosike, a few months ago, welcomed a set of twins.

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Reacting to the report, many social media users trooped to the actress’ social media pages to express their immense joy and congratulate the couple.

However, in an apparent reaction, Rita Dominic took to her official Twitter handle to affirm that the claim was false.

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Taking to her Twitter handle on Wednesday night, she shared a GIF displaying a surprised look while reading through a publication with the headline, “FAKE NEWS.”

See her post below,

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Lancelot Imaseun makes powerful cinema return with Gbege

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The audacious movie producer and actor, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, has made a big comeback to the cinema with the release of Gbege.

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Known for his love for cultural preservation and projection in his works, Imaseun was able to creatively infuse tradition in his new film that would be released on October 7, 2022 in cinemas near you.

Gbege is a story of a troubled man, whose father died while he’s serving a life imprisonment. All he wants is a chance of release to perform his father’s burial rite, but the law is no respecter of tradition.

According to the award winning producer and master storyteller, the twists in the storyline are so captivating, moviegoers are assured a worthy time at the cinemas.

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Gbege parades some top Nigerian thespians like Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro, Sam Dede, Mercy Aigbe and Ini Edo.

Others include Zubby, Sanni Muaizu, Charles Inojie, Harry B, Broda Shaggi, Nosa Rex, Junior Pope, Angela Equeavoen and so on.

Imaseun, who also doubles as a director, has worked in the film industry since 1995 and his films feature unexplored aspects of the African experience including tribalism, witchcraft, crime, poverty, religion, and folk beliefs.

In 2008 a Canadian documentary Nollywood Babylon co-directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, and produced by AM Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada in association with the Documentary Channel, followed Imasuen while he was shooting his 157th film Bent Arrows.

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Ada Ameh: Benue community, Nigeria lost an entertainment colossus – Abba Moro

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Benue South Senator, Abba Moro has described the death of Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh, as a monumental loss to the Idoma people and Nigeria at large.

Moro said Ada lived an eventful and impactful life in her 48 years sojourn on earth.

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The lawmaker stated this while paying his last tribute to the actress at her funeral service held in Ogobia, Ugboju in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday.

Moro urged her family to take solace in the fact that Ada made everyone happy and the world would continue to watch her.

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He said, “This is a very sad day for all of us. For us, the Idoma people, for us in Benue State, and for Nigeria.

“Ada Ameh was a colossus in the entertainment Industry.

“Many of us who listened to the pastor’s sermon earlier, what would you be remembered for when you leave this earth?

“I watched Ada Ameh yesterday night and I know we will continue to watch her after now.

“Ada Ameh was a very effective ambassador of the Idoma people in the entertainment industry.

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“For us, this is a very monumental loss, a colossal loss. But as it is said all the time, God has configured for every person a time to be born and a time to die. And this time it is the time for our sister to die.

“But I dare to say, that in this life, it is not how long you stay on the surface of the earth here but how effectively and how impactful you have lived.

“And all of us will agree with me that Ada Ameh had lived a very effective and impactful life, so, all of us here, both the family, young and old, it is a clear testimony that Ada Ameh had lived an eventful life and that is supposed to be a consolation for the family because I do know that when beggars die there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. And so Ada Ameh, goodbye until we meet to part no more.”

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