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AML Top 10 Podcasts of 2018

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Happy New Year AML People! Let’s officially get things started for 2019 by reviewing the top 10 podcasts of 2018 on The Africa Music Law Show with yours truly. Davido’s win at the BET Awards comes in at number one, while the allegation by Danfo Drivers against Tekno for copyright infringement takes second place. One of the biggest stories of …

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Genevieve Nnaji ‘Lionheart’ FilmOne Controversy: A Case of Ego or Entitlement?

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In 2014, after a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) the year before, the filmmakers of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ directed by Biyi Bandele faced major resistance when they tried to obtain a certification from the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) for “Half of a Yellow Sun,” in time for the film’s release date in …

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Access Bank Acquires Diamond Bank – What it Means

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Nigeria’s Access Bank has announced the merger and acquisition of its competitor Diamond Bank. From the outside looking in, it appeared the latter was healthy, but it was not and there were many telltale signs including a decision to abandon its international operating license, a Central Bank of Nigeria Fine of 250 Million Naira, non-performing loans and plunging share prices, …

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Record Label Exits: Iyanya, Ycee, Reekado Banks

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In case you missed it, the following artists have left their labels/management companies: 1) Iyanya who was signed with Temple Management Company (TMC) is no longer with the company and it appears is now operating his own label called Violet 360 Music.  In 2016, when Iyanya left MMMG for Don Jazzy’s label, Mavin Records, and signed a management deal with …

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Offset Apologizes to Cardi B but it will take maturity, self-control, counseling and a whole lot more to make it work.

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Relationships are never easy but they are particularly difficult where celebrities are involved. This is because there are many forces that pull against these types of relationships that make it incredibly difficult to succeed. For music celebrities, factors such as the work environment, touring, groupies, unrelenting media, professional and public scrutiny, personal background, and age make an attempt at a successful …