Theft Claim: Blackface Apolgises To 2Baba, Settles Out Of Court

 

 

The long-standing beef between singer Blackface and music legend 2Baba, might be over, as the former is said to have apologised for comments made regarding an alleged theft. 

This is according to a statement from 2Baba’s camp.

The statement detailed how after weeks of mediation, the pop legend agreed to an out-of-court settlement with former Plantashun Boiz bandmate, Augustine Ahmedu, also known as Blackface.

It further gave full information about the legal battle between the two singers.

Blackface also confirmed the development via an Instagram post.

He, however, insisted that it is true 2Baba sang his song without permission, stressing that it pissed him off.

The singer further noted that though his song might have been used, it still doesn’t legally make 2Baba and his team “thieves”.

This he said was what the lawyers made him come to understand.

2Baba had in 2018 dragged Blackface to court for defamation of character, following several claims made by Blackface across several media platforms.

Blackface had accused 2Baba and his manager/business partner, Efe Omorogbe of intellectual property theft, claiming that 2Baba stole his songs “African Queen” and “Let Somebody Love You”.

He also accused the duo of blacklisting him in the industry and sabotaging his career.

READ ALSO: 2baba Describes Blackface’s Allegation As Unfortunate

 

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I am a human being and a Nigerian who fights for his rights. The problem with many of us is that we are afraid to speak up for what is right or defend the truth when we know it. No be say i too talk my people but I’m just trying to inspire somebody or ‘trying to make common sense’ like Mr Ben Bruce would say My people “Don’t sleep on your rights” and users of peoples works make sure the writers/contributors are credited properly When you speak out, things happen and that’s why I said I will be done with this issues this year 2019 and behold here we are… I can say that the 50 Million defamation suit filed against me by Mr Innocent Idibia aka 2face and his manager Mr Efe Omorogbe has been settled out of court as they both have withdrawn their case filed against me It’s true that they sang my song without permission and truly it pissed me off, but that doesn’t legally make them thieves as the lawyers made me to understand Sometimes the words we use matter, that’s why I apologised for using that word when my lawyers advised me…Finally they admitted they made mistakes with my songwriters and publishers rights which they should have informed me before but they never did ,they have promised to rectify them so we wait and I hope they honour this this time and furnish me details to that effect . To all my fans, friends, family ,followers and #BFNNation Thank you all for your support I O U guys a big concert #BFNLIC1 Can we now go back to the music ?The #album #risingsun soon be available ✌ AA

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‘Criminals Have Hijacked Naija,’ 2Baba Idibia Laments

 

Veteran Nigerian musician Innocent Idibia popularly known by his stage name, 2Baba has lamented over the Nigerian system.

In a tweet on his official handle @official2baba, the Nigerian entertainer who is known to be vocal against ills and wrongs in the Nigerian society condemned the Nigerian system which he refers to as a ‘total joke.’

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“Naija system is a total joke. Criminals have hijacked naija. Men and women that have dedicated their time 2 make sure that naija will carry last.. No shame. No dignity. No honor. I pray the young men that have entered the system will do their best to influence positive change,” he tweeted.

In 2017, 2baba organised a nationwide protest against the Nigerian government to draw attention to the situation in the country. He, however, released a video less than 48-hours to the planned protest.

In the video, he announced that he is backing out of the protest claiming that his decision to cancel the protest was based on security fears that hoodlums might hijack the planned protest.

2019 Elections: 2baba Visits IGP, Pushes For Increase In Youth Voter Turnout

 

Nigerian music icon, Mr Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as 2Baba, paid a courtesy visit to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday, 13th February 2019.

2baba who is the founder of 2Baba Foundation and Ambassador, Vote Note Fight Campaign told the police boss that “Nigerian youth are saying NO to electoral violence. They have stated their firm resolve to shun violence during the February, 16th and March 2, 2019, general elections.”

According to 2Baba, Nigerian youths made these commitments to him during his activities on the Vote Note Fight Campaign in 2017, 2018 and 2019 to promote peaceful elections in the coming polls.

About the Vote Not Fight Campaign, 2Baba said: “The Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War is a non-partisan and youth-focused voter education campaign that has been promoting constructive youth participation in Nigeria’s political processes since the 2015 general elections.”

2Baba said that Nigerian youths under the auspices of the #VoteNotFight campaign made some demands from the police.

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Some of the demands made according to 2baba include:

“The police should be fair to all political parties without any form of bias in the discharge of their responsibilities before, during and after the election day.

“The police should promptly arrest and prosecute all electoral offenders including political actors and elected officials without immunity.

“The police should provide adequate security during the voting process and do not allow ballot boxes and other election materials to be hijacked by politicians or hired political thugs.

“The police should train officers to be civil and allow every voter to exercise its constitutional rights without any form of intimidation or restriction during the election.

The police should work closely with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a rapid response to distress calls by voters, election officials and election observers.

The Vote Note Fight Campaign seeks to increase youth voter turnout and mobilize against hate speech, electoral violence and vote buying.

Annie Celebrates Husband 2Baba On 42nd Birthday

Actress Annie Idibia has reaffirmed her dedication to husband 2Baba born Innocent Ujah Idibia on his 42nd birthday.

It doesn’t matter what’s whether the sun is shining or it’s raining cats and dogs, Annie’s love for 2Baba is eternal.

The mother of two took to her Instagram’s page to make that clear.

“I’ll Still Be There When The Sun Is Shinning bright…And When The Rain Is Pouring Down… Happy Birthday My Mine* Eternally Yours❤❤❤,” she wrote.

2Baba Threatens Blackface With Legal Action

I Didn’t Stop The Protest I Only Stopped The Physical Convergence- Tu FacePop star, Innocent Idibia better known as 2-baba is ready to take legal action against former band mate, Ahmedu Augustine, a.k.a Blackface, for alleged defamatory comments made against him.

The ‘hard life’ singer has in the past accused 2Baba, formerly known as Tu face, of copyright infringement as well as a plot to sabotage his career.

2Baba and his manager, Efe Omoregbe, have now jointly demanded an unreserved apology for these allegations or face a law suit.

Artiste Wants More Government Support For Music Industry In 2017

sammie-crossA Nigerian artiste, Sammie Cross, is asking the government to increase its support for the music industry in 2017 to empower the sector to create more jobs.

He is optimistic that with more investments in the sector in form of recording facility provision and other forms of loan, jobless youths could earn a living.

The artiste from Edo State says a lot has happened to the industry in the past decade, describing the music industry in Nigeria as flourishing.

“The music industry is vast and flourishing and I want the government and other investors to see music and entertainment as a source of employment and invest in it especially now that we are faced with the problem of unemployment,” he said.

He also sought more support for upcoming artists, saying that if they should be encouraged in anyway, other talented individuals out there would be motivated.

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Sammie Cross and Dele Momodu, a Nigerian journalist and publisher

The artist, who released a single “Take Alert”, says he will drop another song, ‘Shebi’, in February 14, 2017.

He also wished his fans a prosperous and buoyant New Year.

The artiste also revealed his interest in politics saying “I have always had great enthusiasm for music and politics from childhood.

“I am always in support of good governance and I feel it is one of the ways I can contribute to the growth and development of our great country.

“I also look forward to being able to develop my society in the nearest future”.

On what he would like his 2017 to be like, he said he would love to collaborate with great minds like 2baba, Davido, Wiz Kid, Patoranking, Burna Boy and Tekno.

The video of his single ‘Take Alert’ was released  in November 2016.

Shaydee Set To Launch Debut Album ‘Rhythm And Life’

shaydeeFour years after signing to Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), singer Shaydee, announces his debut album, ‘Rhythm And Life’ is set for an official release on November 25, 2016.

The artiste, originally named Shadrach Adeboye Folarin, shared the official track-list for the 20-track album, featuring label mates, Niyola and Banky W, as well as a host of other popular artistes including 2baba, Phyno, Wizkid, Burna Boy and Iyanya.

Production credits for songs on the album go to Spax, Maleekberry, Legendarybeatz, Papijay and several others.

Shaydee made quite a unique entrance into the music scene, as he contributed immensely to the success of the EME 2012 collective album, ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’.

Prior to the announcement of his debut album, the artiste had thrilled fans with a number of top notch singles and had featured in many chart topping songs by A-list artistes.

He hopes to do the same with the soon coming album.

Photographer Sues 2face For Alleged Breach Of Agreement

2FaceA photographer, Mr Emmanuel Okolo, has filed a 120 million Naira copyright infringement suit against Nigeria’s popular musician, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face (2baba), and his wife, Annie.

The photographer sued the couple and one Mr Anthonio Anifite before Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos.

He alleged that the defendants made use of some photographs he took at the traditional wedding of Mr and Mrs Idibia in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in 2013 without duly attributing the works to him or acknowledging him.

He claimed that the act was contrary to an alleged agreement.

The photographer, who sued alongside his company, Papilonmexy Films Studios Limited, claimed that the defendants wrote “2faceonline.com” across 148 out of the 355 high resolution photographs he took at the couple’s wedding and uploaded them on 2face’s official website, thereby denying him credit and referral opportunities.

He claimed Annie had called him on phone days after the wedding, requesting for copies of his photographs and that upon sending them to her, Annie complained about the watermark of Papilomenxy studios reflecting on them.

According to the photographer, Annie later sent the second defendant to negotiate with the photographer on the terms that the photographs could be released without watermarks.

The photographer claimed to have then released 355 high resolution photographs from the wedding to Anifite free of charge on the agreement that whenever and wherever they were used, the copyright would be credited to his company.

He, however, claimed that the defendants breached the terms of the signed agreement and went ahead to write “2faceonline.com” across 148 of the photographs that they uploaded on 2face’s official website.

The photographer, who described himself as “a certified film maker from the prestigious London Film Academy” and a holder of a Masters of Arts degree from Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, South Wales, United Kingdom, claimed to have suffered general and exemplary damages for which he is seeking 120 million Naira compensation from 2face, Annie and Anifite.

‘Premeditated Plan To Blackmail’

But the defendants have not only urged Justice Idris to dismiss the photographer’s suit but also filed a counter-claim wherein they are demanding 150 million damages from him and his studio.

They claimed that the photographer crashed into the venue of their traditional wedding, took pictures and circulated same for commercial gains without their permission.

They claimed that he was not invited but was just “one of the numerous photographers and pseudo-professionals and artisans who invaded the venue of the ceremonies to eke out a living for themselves without prior consultation with or the consent of the celebrants”.

They claimed that soon after their wedding they noticed some strange versions of their wedding pictures circulating online with Papilonmexy studio watermark and after painstaking findings they traced them to the photographer.

The Idibias claimed that upon locating the photographer and expressing their displeasure, he pleaded them with them, while lamenting that he was hard hit by a downturn in the still photography business and sought any future engagement with them.

They also claimed that the photographer forced the photographs on them, saying he wanted to leverage on their popularity to get referrals.

They, however, claimed that they told him categorically that the only condition on which they could accept the photographs was for him to remove the watermarks of his company, which he allegedly agreed to.

They, however, said they were shocked when after uploading the photographs, the photographer wrote a pre-litigation letter to them demanding that his watermarks be boldly inscribed across the photographs and a letter of apology.

But they claimed to have immediately pulled down the photographs because having Papilonmexy watermarks on some pictures on 2face’s official website would distort the original idea of the website.

They accused the photographer of having a premeditated plan to blackmail and extort money from them.

“The second plaintiff (Okolo), through his several guile, deceit, cunning gate-crashing and opportunistic posturing carefully planned and orchestrated the entire events leading to the institution of this suit with the express intention of embarrassing, harassing and blackmailing the first and third defendants (Annie and 2face) with a view to extorting money from them,” the further claimed in their counter-claim.

They, however, urged the judge to order Okolo and his studio to pull down all the photographs of them that the photographer had circulated.

They are also praying the court to order Okolo and his studio to “render forthwith, account as well as make full and frank disclosure of all sums and profit made by them as a result of unauthorised commercial usage” of their photographs.

They are demanding 150 million Naira damages and an order of perpetual injunction restraining Okolo and his studio from further commercialising their photographs.

Faze Talks New Album, Explains Beef Between 2Baba, Blackface

FazeErstwhile Platashun Boiz member, Faze, is out with a new song after a long holiday from the music scene.

The new delivery titled ‘Wette’, is in collaboration with Triple MG star, Iyanya and is produced by Dj coublon.

In a chat with Mayowa Ogundele on Entertainment News on Tuesday, Faze revealed his plans for a come-back album and his career.

He also addressed the controversy between former band mates, 2Baba (2face) and Blackface.

“Very soon everything will be okay. We are all family,” he said.

About the public debacle, Faze added: “Every family has issues. We all have differences, even friends have differences… Very soon it is going to be sorted out”.

Few weeks ago, 2Baba had reacted to Blackface’s threat to sue him for allegedly jacking his song.

2baba who described the allegation as unfortunate, said that he initially thought Blackface’s account was hacked, stressing that he felt disappointed with the act.

2baba Describes Blackface’s Allegation As Unfortunate

2babaNigerian artiste, Innocent Idibia, popularly known by his stage name, 2baba has described Blackface’s allegation as unfortunate.

The multi award winning singer expressed his shock at the accusation during an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News.

“It is just so unfortunate. I do not know where it is coming from (but) I am trying to think of different reasons,” he said.

2baba said that he initially thought Blackface’s account was hacked, stressing that he felt disappointed with the act.

 

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So Unfortunate

On their friendship, he said: “He (Blackface) did not consider me his friend anymore,” noting that he wished him no ill will.

The Benue State born artiste said he would make sure the dispute was resolved, restating that it was unfortunate that his former singing mate was coming at him in such way.

“We will trash the whole matter but I got nothing but love and respect for him and it is just so unfortunate that he is coming at me like that,” he said.

Ahmedu Obiabo, who is popularly known as Blackface had earlier this week, called out singer 2baba in a series of tweets for allegedly publishing a song he owned without permission.

2Baba Drops ‘Coded Tinz’

2babaLegendary singer, 2face Idibia, also known as 2Baba, has officially released his new song, Coded Tinz.

The dancehall track was produced by Sarz .

Coded Tinz features rapper, Phyno and comedian, Chief Obi.

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Crazy Love! THAT Moment A Female Fan Strips For Music Star, 2Face

2face faceMusic star, 2Face Idibia is no stranger to LOVE.

He gets it everywhere… from his wife, actress Annie Idibia, to his children and his fans!

However, the ‘African Queen’ got more love than he expected at a music concert, recently.

As the star was performing on stage in Sapele, Delta State, a female fan got on stage in excitement and started removing her clothes, not minding that his wife was watching in the crowd.

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Entertainment News on Channels TV caught up with the musician recently and he shared the experience, admitting that he called it ‘crazy love’.

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