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Gang of Lagos sinful to cultural heritage rights – Oba of Lagos

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Gang of Lagos sinful to cultural heritage rights - Oba of Lagos

Following the controversy trailing the production of ‘Gang of Lagos’, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu has described the movie as defamatory and sacrilegious for depicting the Eyo as criminal gangs that commit grotesque murder and visit terror on innocent citizens.

Given huge reputational damage it inflicted on the Eyo brand, the monarch asked Amazon Web Service, Greoh Studios and the film producers “to immediately remove, cease and desist from using the image getup and manifestation of the Eyo in the Gangs of Lagos.”

He raised grave concerns about the film in a three-page letter he addressed to the managements of Amazon Prime Nigeria and Greoh Limited on June 28, listing four conditions that the producers and promoters should meet within 14 days.

Since its official release on April 7, Gangs of Lagos has been a subject of controversies among the indigenous people of Lagos State with the Isale Eko Descendants Union claiming that the film depicted Isale Eko as a den of criminals and Eyo masquerade as a gang of murderers.

The descendants of Isale Eko had equally instituted a suit seeking N10 billion damages against Amazon and other producers over what they described as huge reputational damage the Gang of Lagos inflicted on the Eyo brand.

In his letter dated June 28 and copied to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Oba Akiolu claimed that the illegal representation of the Eyo has caused huge reputational damage to the Eyo brand by the defamatory movie portrayal as an instrument of terror, mayhem, and murder.

On the international stage, also, the monarch claimed that potential tourists and visitors to Lagos are likely to query the authenticity of the Eyo as a true cultural heritage event deserving of respect and reverence.

He further claimed that the film producers had used the complete getup, indistinguishable image, and traditionally designed and ordained appearance of the Eyo which forms part of the cultural heritage of the indigenous people of Lagos, for commercial gain and exploitation without permission or due reference to the office the Oba of Lagos.

Oba Akiolu claimed: “I am the custodian and final authority of the Adimu Orisa and its manifestation the Eyo. These traditional rites are the tangible and intangible property of the indigenes of Lagos and these are their bundle of rights of our intellectual property in our cultural heritage.

“This cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes, that has been inherited from past generations over two hundred years ago, maintained in the present by the Oba of Lagos and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.

“These traditions express our way of life and thought. They are proof of our intellectual and spiritual achievements. They must not be used without the indigenous owners’ express permission or desecrated in any way whatsoever.”

The monarch alleged that the film grossly violated the rights of the indigenous people of Lagos contrary to the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007.

Under international law, Oba Akiolu observed that the declaration protects “our indigenous right to practise and revitalise our cultural traditions and customs.

“This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of our cultures, including artifacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.”

On these grounds, the monarch demanded that the continued use and depiction of the Eyo in this film and its obvious violation of our indigenous intellectual property rights as well as, at the same time defaming our sacred rites, should stop forthwith.

As part of peace conditions, the monarch directed the film producers “to immediately remove, cease and desist from using the image get up and manifestation of the Adimu Orisa – the Eyo – your film Gangs of Lagos.”

He, also, asked the film producers to submit within 14 days a proposal for consideration – for the restitution of the sanctity of the Eyo brand.

He asked the film producers “to provide within 14 days a compensatory proposal for the infringement of our intellectual property rights in our cultural heritage which you have commercially exploited without a license.”

The monarch finally demanded that the producers of Gangs of Lagos should submit within 14 days a draft of an appropriately worded apology to the Oba of Lagos and the indigenous people of Lagos.

 

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Nollywood loses another veteran actor, Adigwe

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The Nigerian movie industry has again been thrown into mourning after the news of the death of another veteran Nollywood actor, Zulu Adigwe,

The Nigerian movie industry has again been thrown into mourning after the news of the death of another veteran Nollywood actor, Zulu Adigwe, surfaced on social media on Tuesday.

Adigwe’s death was announced by a movie producer, Stanley Nwoko, in a post on his Instagram page .

Mourning the actor, Nwoko wrote, “Rest in peace, good actor.”

Adigwe’s death is coming two weeks after Junior Pope and three other Nollywood actors died in a boat accident in Anam River.

The actors were said to be on their way to a location when the incident occurred.

Adigwe gained recognition primarily for portraying fatherly characters in Nollywood films.

His breakthrough role came as Mr. B in the popular sitcom “Basi and Company.”

He also appeared in the highly successful 2019 movie “Living in Bondage: Breaking Free.”

Although born in Enugu State and spent his early years there, he later moved to Austria, where he completed his primary and secondary education.

 

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Tiwa Savage: Biggest fear about my leaked s3x tape

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Tiwa Savage, a popular Nigerian afrobeat singer, has expressed her concerns about her private video being leaked online, as she was afraid

Tiwa Savage, a popular Nigerian afrobeat singer, has expressed her concerns about her private video being leaked online, as she was afraid that her son might see it someday.

Tiwa Savage revealed that she was being blackmailed for a sex tape.

The singer hinted that the blackmailer sent the sex video of herself and her current date to her team demanding money.

She described it as a video clip of an intimate moment she had with someone she is dating.

To address this issue, she contacted an IT expert who helped her to hack into the video and remove it from all sources, including the internet and people’s mobile devices.

“My biggest fear about my ssx tape leaking was that my son might one day see it. But I got in touch with an IT expert who hacked the video from the internet and everyone’s mobile device. Right now you can’t find it anywhere. Even if you had it stored in your phone, it’s gone,” Tiwa was quoted by intelregion.com

The IT expert used advanced techniques to ensure that the video was completely wiped out from all platforms and devices where it could have been stored. So, even if someone had previously saved the video on their phone or other devices, they would no longer have access to it.

This process of removing the video from all sources involved a complex set of procedures that required the expertise of an IT specialist. Tiwa Savage’s efforts to safeguard her privacy and protect her family from any potential harm are commendable.

 

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Naira abuse: Bobrisky set to appeal against 6 months jail term

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The controversial cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, on Monday, filed a notice of appeal challenging the six months

The controversial cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, on Monday, filed a notice of appeal challenging the six months maximum sentence given to him by a Federal High Court, Lagos.

Recall, Bobrisky was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on four counts bordering on naira abuse.

He pleaded guilty before Justice A.O. Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

Vanguard reported that, Justice Awogboro, on April 12, sentenced Okuneye to six months imprisonment without an option of fine.

The judge while sentencing the convict said the judgment should serve as a deterrent to others fond of abusing and mutilating the naira.

However, counsel for Okuneye, Mr Bimbo Kusanu, filed a notice of appeal, praying the Court of Appeal to set aside the maximum sentence.

Kusanu is asking the court to replace the sentence with an option of N50,000 fine on each of the counts.

The counsel stated in the notice of appeal that the trial court imposed the maximum sentence on the appellant, who had no previous criminal record of conviction.

He stated that there were options to impose a lesser sentence by the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).

He averred that the sentence imposed by the trial court against the appellant was punitive and contrary to the mandatory provisions of the ACJA.

The appellant stated that the trial court did not consider the positive antecedent of the appellant, who did not waste the time of the court by pleading guilty to the charge.

He stated that the appellant honoured the invitation of the respondent on the first invitation.

He said that the trial court failed to exercise its discretion judiciously and judicially in sentencing the appellant.

He explained that such an act had occasioned a miscarriage of justice against the appellant.

 

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Davido launches new record label, Nine+ Records

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Afrobeats artist Davido is expanding his reach within the genre with the launch of Nine+ Records, his new record label. The “Unavailable”

Afrobeats artist Davido is expanding his reach within the genre with the launch of Nine+ Records, his new record label. The “Unavailable” singer has also formed a partnership with UnitedMasters to further support this venture.

Under the partnership with UnitedMasters, owned by Steve Stout, Davido and Nine+ Records are stationed to build a “vanguard” of African musicians with a focus on artist development, A&R, signing, and behind-the-scenes matters.

Over the past two years, UnitedMasters has been dedicated to supporting Africa through several endeavors, including investments in artists, education, and technology. In December of last year, UnitedMasters partnered with the NBA forging a deal that allowed their artists could showcase their work on NBA Africa’s social media channels. This initiative not only exposes artists to African audiences but also demonstrates a technological method for building strong connections. The initiative is based at the NBA Africa office in Lagos, Nigeria.

Now, this commitment is being strengthened through a new collaboration with Davido and the launch of Nine+ Records. This partnership holds a steady aim to remain focused on serving as a platform for artists across the African continent, discovering and nurturing new talent, and offering them opportunities for brand partnerships and synchronization.

The three-time Grammy-nominated singer hailed the partnership as a historic moment in music, emphasizing his goal to elevate the global influence of modern African musicians and the Afrobeats genre. With support from UnitedMasters for distribution, development, and branding matters, this collaboration underscores significant interest in African artists, education, and technology.

Davido expressed his enthusiasm in a statement, saying, “I am thrilled to announce the launch of a new joint venture between my label, Nine Plus, and UnitedMasters, founded by my good friend, Steve Stoute This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in our journey, as we aim to empower artists globally by leveraging UnitedMasters’ revolutionary music distribution platform and Nine Plus’ innovative vision and eye for talent. Together, we are set to redefine the music landscape both African and global, providing artists with unprecedented tools and opportunities to amplify their voices and craft. Excited to witness the creativity and growth ahead. This partnership signifies a significant step in music history, encompassing both Africa and the world.”

In a 2023 feature with Forbes editor Bertoni, Davido commented on the gradual global recognition that African artists are receiving. “I can remember when it wasn’t cool to be from Africa—people would lie and say they were Jamaican,” said Davido. “Now we have our own Billboard charts in the US and UK—that shows how serious the Western world is taking our music.”

Nine+ Records does not have an official roster of acts as of yet, but the label plans to roll out reveals in the near future.

Davido is enjoying a phenomenal year, marked by his April 17 historic, sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden and his forthcoming headline appearance at The BET Experience this June at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

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Naira abuse: EFCC wants to arrest me – Portable cries out

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Controversial singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is

Controversial singer Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is planning to arrest him upon his return to Nigeria.

The PAPERS reports that the ‘Zazu’ hitmaker, currently abroad, aired these allegations during a recent Instagram live session with fans.

Portable’s troubles stem from a call to action by a self-proclaimed social media activist, known only as VeryDarkMan, who has reportedly urged the EFCC to investigate the singer for his treatment of the national currency.

This callout follows Portable’s public plea for forgiveness from the EFCC, where he asked for leniency if found guilty of any wrongdoing regarding his handling of the Naira.

In the live session, Portable expressed his fear of being detained upon his arrival in Nigeria.

“The EFCC is planning to arrest me when I return to Nigeria because VeryDarkMan name-dropped me,” he claimed, addressing his over 700,000 Instagram followers.

Adding to his defensive stance, Portable criticized VeryDarkMan’s credibility and influence, questioning his motivations and qualifications to speak on legal matters.

As the EFCC has not yet officially responded to these claims, the authenticity of Portable’s allegations remains unconfirmed.

However, the agency is known for its strict enforcement of laws against currency abuse, a standing policy that could potentially affect Portable upon his return.

 

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My rumoured death lie from hell – Zack Orji

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Veteran actor Zack Orji has denied his rumoured death, describing it as a lie from the pit of hell. The Nation reported that the actor

Veteran actor Zack Orji has denied his rumoured death, describing it as a lie from the pit of hell.

The PAPERS reported that the actor recently travelled to the UK for medical evaluation after undergoing two brain surgeries.

In a recent interview on Channels Television, he said that social media has made people to be reckless to the extent of spreading fake news.

Orji stated he received different calls from people who haven’t reached out to him in years, simply because they were concerned for him.

Zack Orji said: “I don’t know who originated that lie, I call it a lie from the pit of hell that…well not myself, they had passed away.

“I saw it and I started receiving all kinds of calls, even calls from people I hadn’t heard from for years, most of them were just concerned, they wanted to find out if it was true and all of that.

“I can only say that sometimes social media has made people to be so reckless and callous to the point of spreading fake news just to grow their page.”

Zack Orji also thanked the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) for support.

He slumped in December 2023 and was admitted to the intensive care unit of the National Hospital in Abuja before he was transferred to a private hospital for surgery.

 

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