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Linda Ikeji, Blogger turned Media Mogul, Brings VH1 Type Reality TV Programming to Nigeria

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Linda Ikeji, a blogger turned media mogul/entrepreneur, has announced the production and soon to be broadcasted VH1 type reality television programming on Nigerian television. Ikeji made the initial announcement December of 2017 and has, since then, continuously released new trailers showcasing her diverse offerings. Ikeji’s timing couldn’t be better for reality television shows. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) Global entertainment and media …

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Update: Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council Approves Copyright Bill

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In November of 2015, I announced that Nigeria had a revised draft of its Copyright Bill and was soliciting public comments. A little over two years later, its executive council has approved the bill. See news below. -Ms. Uduak — “The Nigerian Government has approved the recently prepared Copyright Bill. The decision was reached by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) …

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Producer of Ycee’s ‘Juice’ ft. Maleek Berry says he hasn’t been paid royalties due and may sue

In Music Business by Africa Music Law™Leave a Comment (NJO) has started its own podcast show titled Music and Then Some (M.A.T.S.). The podcast is co-hosted by NJO’s Ovie O and Renny by Nature. It is an engaging show and provides first-hand insider knowledge of the industry’s shenanigans. In the third episode of the podcast, M.A.T.S. hosts its first guest, Adegboyega Ogunlesi aka Adey. Adey produced arguably one …

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COSON Infighting: Should Efe Omoregbe resign from the board to protect the organization’s reputation?

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The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) is Nigeria’s performing rights organization charged with ensuring artists get paid when their music is played by commercial users. However, the ongoing infighting within the COSON board is threatening to derail COSON’s role and put the music industry many steps backward. At this point, given: 1) the alleged successful impeachment by COSON’s board of …

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Churchill Seeks Court Injunction Against Tonto Dikeh & Linda Ikeji to Prevent Exploitation of his Child in Upcoming Reality TV Show

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Folks, a few weeks ago, Linda Ikeji, a popular blogger turned media entrepreneur, released a video promo clip announcing the launch of a new reality television show titled ‘King Tonto.’ The clip featured Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh who was quite dramatic in it. Her dramatic antics was nothing unusual. What was unusual, however, was that the promo featured her child …

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Music Icon Onyeka Onwenu Sues Jason Njoku’s IROKING for ₦205 Million Over Copyright Infringement of Songs

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Onyeka Onwenu, a Nigerian and African music icon, has sued British-Nigerian Jason Njoku’s IROKING for 205 million naira over alleged copyright infringement of her songs. On January 14, 2018, Onwenu announced her intention to sue the company, and now, according to The Nation’s Newspaper, she has indeed filed her suit. Onwenu’s public statements on why she was filing the suit: …

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5 Nigerian Artists with the Biggest PR Crisis of 2017

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In 2017, Nigeria’s music industry recorded some important milestones in taking its music to the world and showcasing the works of its artists. Nevertheless, there were some shocking moments in the industry that served as great teaching points about the music business and the law, and reputation management. Here are some of those moments in the form of the 5 Nigerian …