Overtime, I’ve come to really dislike Nigerian artists taking to social media to accuse others of stealing their songs. I do leave room for when such an artist perhaps feels powerless as a result of being pretty low on the food chain, for example an emerging artist. However, when the artist is an established name, even if no longer as relevant, I don’t understand why, in this day an age, they cannot just match into an entertainment lawyer’s office and seek advice.
In recent times, Ahmedu Augustine popularly known as Blackface, formerly a member of the band the Plantashun Boiz (consisting of 2face Idibia and Faze) took to social media to accuse Wizkid of stealing his songs. I discussed that issue and said Blackface needs to get a lawyer and stay off social media. Blackface clearly didn’t listen. He again went on social media and this time accused 2Face of stealing his song ‘Let Somebody Love You’ and crediting his manager Efe Omoregbe as a writer on the song.
“Let Somebody Love You” featured Bridget Kelly, an American singer and songwriter from New York City, and was part of 2Face’s Ascension album in 2014.
The problem is that because Blackface over exposed himself on social media, he ended up becoming the butt of many jokes. 2Face has also now responded to the allegation. Blackface, it can’t possibly be complicated. If your song was stolen, get the advice of a lawyer and consider suing. You look downright silly if you go on social media, accuse artists of stealing your songs but do nothing about it. You lose credibility, especially given your approach.
“Since you decided to hide you know I still let you know a piece of my mind @official2baba and well meet in court about my publishing”
“Suddenly your manager @EfeOmorogbe is a song writer on my song? So you can split publishing 4ways with Bridget Kelly?with my name misspelt?”
“y not ask dat u wana record my song?I was out in d wilderness n u never called becos u wish me dead so my properties be urs? @official2baba”
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