President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the contributions of Nigerian artistes, saying they have put the country’s entertainment industry on the global map.
Buhari said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he conferred national honours to over 400 persons including Burna Boy, Teni and 2Face.
While Burna Boy was honoured with the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) title, which was received by his father, Teni and 2Face received the honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), a feat Buhari said was deserving.
‘‘Worthy of mention are our artistes, particularly, our very own Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy), who won the Grammy Awards in 2020,” Buhari said in a statement by his media aide Femi Adesina.
“He, along with other artistes, has repositioned the Nigerian entertainment industry and placed it on the global map. At the just concluded Dubai Expo 2020, Nigeria’s pavilion was a beehive of activities as our musicians entertained guests from around the world.”
Aside from the trio, other notable recipients of the awards were the President’s late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede; the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State amongst others.
Six persons were conferred with GCON, 55 received Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), 65 got the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON), 77 were presented with the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR); 110 received the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); 74 were presented with Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) and 55 received Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
A 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.
Nigeria’s music legend, 2Face Innocent Ujah Idibia, has turned 40 on September 18.
With an enviable career and a source of inspiration to many, 2Face has churned out quality music contents and performances all over the world.
Born in Jos, Nigeria, Innocent Idibia attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State.
He hails from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State.
2face enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his Preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and Management.
While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties, as well as other regional schools such as the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science & Technology.
Innocent Idibia eventually dropped out to pursue his music career. While attending IMT, he started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. Also in 1996, he adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface).
In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film, Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.
2Face released a promotion album in 2008 called The Unstoppable, releasing the single “Enter the Place”. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused a shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to early 2009.
In 2010, he released an “international edition” of the same album under the title; The Unstoppable International Edition, making him the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.
2face, however, released two more singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album.
The international edition of the album won two awards at the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards. He also won the Channel O Music Video Awards Best African Western award and the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Male and Artist of the year.
Nigerian celebrities, including super star 2Face and his wife, Annie, Sasha P, Sound Sultan and several others, partied hard with Chris Brown’s DJ, Babey Drew at the second Green Light Party, in Lagos.
Other celebrities spotted at the event were DJ Xclusive, DJ Spinall, DJ Humility, Kaylah, Wale Ojo, DJ Caise, Kelvin Orifa, Kessiana Edewor, Shade Ladipo and others.
The Green Light party kicked off early October with Akon’s DJ, Benny D and will be wrapped up in a few weeks’ time with another international superstar DJ.
Singer Wizkid has denied any disagreement between producer-singer Sam Klef and himself,.
The “beef” was revealed when Sam Klef repeatedly aired his grievances on social media and even offered to sell some instrumentals he produced for the young star, years ago.
However, Star Boy has denied any knowledge of the social media talk, saying he’s “not sure” what’s going on, as Sam Klef is his “brother”.
According to him, Sam Klef was at his house 2 weeks ago.
“We are always together. I really don’t understand what’s going on here,” he said, adding that “i’ve got love for Sam Klef all day.
“Even if he hurts me, I can’t get mad”.
Song With Chris Brown To Drop In January
Ever since Nigeria’s Star Boy was pictured with international singer, Chris Brown and it was revealed that the two are working on some songs together, fans have been on the look-out for the collaboration.
Wizkid has said the song would hit the airwaves in January 2015!
Wizkid is “blessed” to be working with 2Face, who he says is “a legend in the game” of music.
Taking a quick stroll down memory lane, Wizkid who many know as Nigeria’s Star Boy, said “I used to listen to 2Face walking to school and walking back and he’s still here now and I’m doing Hennessy Artistry with him”.
“Me sharing the stage with 2Face, working on a set, that’s a dream come true.
The multi-award winning pop singer whose second album – Ayo – enjoying good reviews, disclosed that he’ll “have a surprise for his fans this Christmas”.
He explained that the second album was delayed because he had been touring and doing shows every weekend, which made it difficult to concentrate on his album, coupled with the fact that his producers were scattered in different countries, including South Africa, Tanzania and Lagos.
“And I get my songs mixed outside the country. Sometimes I mix my songs in the U.S. Sometimes I mix them in South Africa.”
He quashed rumours of bad blood with Banky W-led Empire Mates Entertainment because Ayo would be the last album released under the label.
“I’m not excited about leaving because we are going to keep doing business forever… but I’m just happy that I have the opportunity to grow and work on my own brand,work on my own team, work on my own record label. I’m happy about that.”
The nomination list for the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards has been released and one of Nigeria’s super stars, Davido leads the pack with 5 nominations; 4 for his hit love song Aye and one for the dance anthem, Skelewu.
Other Nigerian acts: 2face, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay, Kcee, P-Square, Orezi, Jesse Jagz, Flavour, Patoranking, Iyanya, Niyola, Burna Boy, Phyno and Dr Sid got nominations also, in different categories.
Find the full list of nominees here:
Most Gifted Male Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza Davido – Aye Riky Rick Ft Okmalumkoolkat -AMANTOMBAZANE K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara Sarkodie – Illuminati
Most Gifted Female Thembi Seete – Thuntsha Lerole Bucie Ft Heavy K – Easy To Love Lizha James Ft Uhuru – Quem Ti Mandou Tiwa Savage Ft Don Jazzy – Eminado Seyi Shay – Irawo
Most Gifted Newcomer Dream Team Ft Tamarsha, Aka & Big Nuz – Tsekede Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza Emmy Gee Ft Ab Crazy & Dj Dimplez – Rands And Nairas Diamond – Number One Patoranking – Girlie O (REMIX)
Most Gifted Duo, Group Or Featuring Uhuru Ft Oskido & Professor – Y-Tjukutja Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember) R2bees Ft Wizkid – Slow Down K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara Kcee Ft Wizkid – Pull Over
Most Gifted Dance Uhuru Ft Oskido & Professor – Y-Tjukutja Davido – Skelewu Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember) P Square – Personally Busiswa Ft Various – Ngoku
Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Buffalo Souljah – Basawine Orezi – Rihanna Jesse Jaggz Feat Wizkid – Bad Girl Patoranking – Girlie O (REMIX) Shatta Wale – Everydoby Likes My Ting
Most Gifted Afro Pop Davido – Aye Mafikizolo Ft May D – Happiness Diamond – Number One Flavour – Ada Ada Iyanya – Jombolo
Most Gifted Kwaito Uhuru Ft Oskido & Professor – Y-Tjukutja Character Ft Mono T & Oskido – Inxeba Lendoda Big Nuz Ft Khaya Mthethwa – Incwadi Yothando Dj Vetkuk Vs Mahoota – Khaba Lenja Dj Cndo – Yamnandi Into
Most Gifted R&B 2face Ft T Pain – Rainbow Jimmy Nevis Ft Kwesta – Balloon Gb Collective Ft Brian Temba & Reason – Chocolate Vanilla Donald – Crazy But Amazing Niyola – Toh Bad
Most Gifted Hip Hop Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza Khuli Chana Ft Da L.E.S & Magesh – Hape Le Hape 2.1 Phyno – Alobam K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara Aka – Congratulate
Most Gifted Southern Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember) Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza Aka – Congratulate Zeus – Psych K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara
Most Gifted West R2bees Ft Wizkid – Slow Down Davido – Aye Burna Boy Ft D’banj – Won Da Mo Olamide – Turn Up Dr Sid Ft Don Jazzy – Surulere
Most Gifted East Sauti Sol – Nshike Diamond – Number One Navio – No Holding Back Eddy Kenzo – Sitya Loss Elani – Kookoo
Most Gifted Video Of The Year Emmy Gee Ft Ab Crazy & Dj Dimplez – Rands And Nairas Davido – Aye K.O. Ft Kid X – Caracara Burna Boy – Run My Race Tiwa Savage Ft Don Jazzy – Eminado Dr Sid Ft Don Jazzy – Surulere Riky Rick Ft Okmalumkoolkat – Amantombazane Cassper Nyovest – Doc Shebeleza Sarkodie – Illuminati Dj Clock Ft Beatenberg – Pluto (I Remember) Aka – Congratulate Diamond – Number One
Remember 2Face’s customized diamond encrusted microphone given to him by luxury designer Malivelihood? He performed with it for the first time on stage at Star Music Trek 2014 grand finale, which held at Eagles Club, Surulere on Saturday May 31, 2014.
After riveting performances from Star Music Trek 2014 debut edition in Nsukka through Makurdi, Umuahia and Orlu, 2Face pulled all the stops for his final performance in Lagos.
Dressed in royal regalia, he took fans through a live performance of various hit tracks including You No Holy Pass, African Queen, Outside amongst many others.
His wife Annie dressed in black sweatshirt and pants stood amongst fans and cheered throughout his performance.
MTV Base has announced multiple MAMA nominees, Davido and Mafikizolo as the first performers at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal supported by Absolut & The City of Durban (MAMA).
Popular Omo Baba Olowo crooner, Davido and South African Afro-pop duo, Mafikizolo are both tied with Uhuru as the most nominated artistes in this year’s MAMA, notching up 4 nominations each, and going directly head-to-head in Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year and Best Collaboration. Additionally, Davido is nominated for Best Male, while Mafikozolo leads the contenders in Best Group.
The 2014 awards are set to feature stunning performances from African and international artistes, including the awards’ signature collaborations between artistes of different genres and cultures – a high point of every show.
Nominees from the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa are represented in the nominations for this year’s music categories, including 2Face, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Clarence Peters, Danny K, Davido, Diamond, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Efya, Fally Ipupa, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Ice Prince, KCEE, Mafikizolo, Olamide, P Square, Professor, Phyno, R2bees, Sarkodie, Tiwa Savage, Uhuru, Wizkid, Zakes Bantwini among many other local and international acts.
In this year’s newly introduced lifestyle award categories, Chimamanda Adiche, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o and Yaya Toure are nominated for Personality of the Year. Clarence Peters, Leti Arts, Rasty and Anisa Mpungwe are nominated in Transform Today by Absolut. The nominees for the MTV Base Leadership award and Best International are still to be revealed.
News of a-list artiste, Tiwa Savage’s Dubai white wedding to Tunji Balogun is top story on Entertainment News, as the love birds said ‘I Do’ over the weekend.
Tiwa and Tunji, both decked out in beautiful wedding attires exchanged their vows in an outdoor ceremony, which was followed by a lavish reception and an after-party at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa.
Nigerian super stars, including the mavin records crew led by Don’Jazzy, Eku Edewor, Toke Makinwa, Toolz, Dj Xclusive, Kaffy, N6, Designers Bridget Awosika, Toju Foyeh, Eme Boss, Banky W, Tunde Demuren, Seyi Shay, Lola Omotayo-Okoye, and many others, graced the occasion.
Also, top Nigerian acts including 2face, mi, Kcee and rapper Phyno headlined the trek concert in Orlu, Imo State over the weekend. The concert provided high octave performances from the artistes including a collaboration of heavyweights MI and 2face.
In Nollywood, Nigerian movie maker, Jeta Amata in conjunction with the United States government has debuted three films from the forthcoming TV series, dawn in the creeks, which tells the story of some Niger Delta youths as they strive to create Nollywood movies to promote non-violent transformation in the region.
The TV series, dawn in the creeks, aims at forging a legacy of peace and transformation, in the Niger Delta.