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Monday, 27 March 2017

Okafor’s Law: Oboli Was Careless, Says Nollywood Producer

By Rashidat Akashat with agency report

A Nollywood movie producer Chima Okereke has slammed Omoni Oboli for not preventing her accuser from obtaining a court order.

The court order was procured to stop the actress and movie producer from premiering her movie ‘Okafor’s Law’on Friday, 24 March, 2017.

Okereke referred to Oboli as ‘careless’ for not reacting fast to the case slammed on her by Canada-base scriptwriter Jude Idada since September 2016.

Speaking with NAN in Lagos, he said that the copyright infringement case would not have embarrassed the actress if she had taken drastic measures to address it immediately instead of just insisting she wrote it herself.

Omoni Oboli behaved like an actress- Okereke

Okereke said that Omoni was thinking more like an actress than a movie producer or businessman.

The drama began in September 2016. Oboli stoutly defended her ownership of the script, stating that she owned and wrote it 100 per cent.

When the parties could not reach an agreement, Idadi sought the help of the court, despite the movie’s production.

The case was filed at the Federal High court with Justice Ibrahim Buba presiding. It was the judge that gave the order stopping the film.

Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution are named the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants in the case filed by Idada.

Oboli was served the court injunction at the Filmhouse IMAX, Lekki, venue of the film’s premiere on March 25. Lekki. Guests were already seated, after the cocktail preceding the screening of the movie.

Omoni stopped from movie premiere

She was forced to obey the court injunction by cancelling the premiere as she stood the risk of being charged with contempt if she had gone ahead with the premiere.

Okereke said that, “there were options she ought to have followed; options that would have been beneficial to both parties. Some people could have been called upon to intervene on the matter.

“Every profession has its risks, especially a rapidly growing one like Nollywood. And this is one of them. It is a mark of Nollywood’s growth.

“There will always be room for compromise, no matter how little,” he said.

The movie director said that Nollywood has gone beyond my word against yours, “it is about collective responsibility, which links each other in business concerns and connects everyone.

“Those bringing sentiments must understand that intellectual property issues are not just something you wish away.”


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