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AML 058: Was Linda Ikeji Reckless in Insinuating Five Star Music Artist Skiibii May Have Faked his Own Death?

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Last Friday, Nigeria’s #1 leading celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji shared exclusive news on her blog that an emerging artist Skiibii, signed with popular artist Kcee’s record label Five Star Music, was dead. The artist had released new music a few days prior to and had begun promoting his music before his alleged untimely death.Hours after sharing the story, Ikeji retracted her story. She explained that Kcee, the record label owner, had advised her that the artist did in fact collapse but was now revived.  She, however, questioned the credibility of the label and  insinuated that the news of the death may have been a publicity stunt to gain media attention.

She also pointed to the fact that the emerging artist was now trending across Nigeria post his alleged “death demise.” Her implicit and explicit suspicion and statement that there may have been a publicity stunt made the news even more viral and attracted vicious attacks from media, fans, the public at large and industry insiders against the artist and label.

Some of you AML listeners and readers have solicited my input on the issue. Listen to AML episode #058 where I share my thoughts by addressing the following issues:

1. Was Linda Ikeji reckless in publishing the story of Skiibii’s death?

2. Was Linda Ikeji reckless in insinuating Skiibii may have faked his own death?

3. What is the legal liability of Five Star Music label and Skiibii, if in fact Skiibii did fake his own death?

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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1 Comment

  1. Winston Balagare says:

    LI was not reckless in reporting the Skiibii death hoax. She may not have had the evidence at the time, but others have since provided more conclusive evidence . . .

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