Okafor’s Law, the upcoming movie of Nollywood actress and Movie director Omoni Oboli has landed her in court and its premiere didn’t hold as scheduled.
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The movie was meant to start showing in Cinemas across Nigeria on 31st March. However, a Nigerian Canada-based writer, Jude Idada alleged that Omoni Oboli stole his work to make ‘Okafor’s Law,’ and dragged her to court for intellectual copyright infringement.
In September 2016, there were several reports carrying a 45-minute long interview with Jude Idada who alleged that the actress infringed on his intellectual copyright by using his script for the film.
Idada said Mrs. Oboli took the work he had done regarding Okafor’s Law and developed it without giving him due credit despite the fact that the only thing she had at the time she called him into the project was the name Okafor’s Law.
All the while, the producer/director maintained her silence on the issue. She ignored all parties and fixed the premiere date for the movie – Friday 24th March 2017.
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However, the matter has been taken to court and an injunction has been sought to prohibit the producer from releasing the film as planned this Friday.
The order was served by Hon. Justice I. N. Buba of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi – Lagos with the plaintiff being Raconteur Productions.
This implies that if the premiere goes on disregarding the order of the court, Oboli and her crew will be guilty of contempt of court.
And this affects not just Omoni Oboli, but also Dioni Visions while FilmOne Distribution were also served court papers.
Raconteur Productions gave reasons as to why they insisted the matter is settled in court.
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The statement read:
“On behalf of the board of directors of Raconteur Productions, we would like to shed light on our case with the defendants.
“The events of yesterday though unfortunate was our only option to prevent the ongoing abuse of our intellectual property. Several attempts were made to bring the parties to the discussion table.
“Three weeks ago they received a formal demand letter but chose to ignore it and instead tried to intimidate us into abandoning our case.
“Our decision to seek legal redress is not a selfish one, the industry has been plagued with similar issues and in taking this stand, we hope that we speak for all established and aspiring creative who are struggling to get their voice heard.
“Victory in this will be victory for the industry and will foster a safer environment for the sharing of ideas.
Meanwhile, despite that fact that the premiere didn’t hold, the cocktail and the after-party went on as planned with several guests including casts of the film in attendance.
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In her speech during the cocktail party, Omoni Oboli broke down in tears while trying to defend the project. She said that her movie, her script was written 100% by her.