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Fast Company Feature: IROKO’s Jason Njoku Accuses AFRINOLLY of “Illegally Building (its) Business on (IROKO) Content”

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This is a very interesting article by Fast Company about Jason Njoku and his company IROKO Partners. A pleasant surprise to see Njoku’s company featured on fastcompany.com. However, more interesting to me are the legal issues raised in the article, many of which I have raised from the onset on AML. The legal issues, at this point, are not unique …

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AMVCA v. AMAA, Is There Room for Two “African Oscars” Awards Event?

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Today, March 9th, 2013, the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) made its official entrance into the awards event production space. Based on AMVCA’s presentation, publicity, accessibility and online/offline distribution, it looks like they may have or will give the Africa Academy Movie Awards (AMAA) a bit of consternation. For eight (going on nine) years now, AMAA has held its …

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President Goodluck Jonathan Pledges 3 Billion Naira to”Project Nollywood” – Who are the Industry Stakeholders to Watch?

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AML people what’s up? By now you have heard or should have heard about the recent 3 + Billion Naira pledge/grant by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan to Nollywood. Pertinent excerpts follow: “The federal government (over) the weekend said it has packaged a special programme known as Project Nollywood with a grant of N3 billion to aide the film industry scale …

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Mealdred Okwo Claims Inaccuracies and Misquotes on Taking IROKO TV to “the Cleaners” Twitter Statement

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Mealdred Okwo claims I “misquoted” her and I should “report accurately” in reference to my initial article on this topic. She said I should have clicked the “view conversation” button to see the thread of the conversations quoted. The original screen captured tweet I shared is below. The tweets as captured are directly from Mealdred. The subsequent “expanded tweets” showing …

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Film Law: US Lawyer Mealdred Okwo Threatens, on Twitter, to take Jason Njoku’s IROKO TV to the “Cleaners”

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I met Mealdred Okwo about 2006 in Los Angeles at a Nollywood film event I helped organize. At the time, there was something clear about Mealdred. She was a straight shooter, a woman unafraid to express herself. There was no mincing words and you did not have to guess where she stood on any topic. For me, I find straight …