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

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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The Africa Music Law show is the premiere music business and entertainment law show empowering the African artist, and the creative industry at large. The show made iTunes Top 4 in its ‘New & Noteworthy’ category in 2014. Countries represented are Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%).

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AML 057: Are Bill Cosby, Timaya and Asamoah Gyan Guilty of Rape?

Are Bill Cosby, Timaya and Asamoah Gyan Guilty of Rape? These three celebrities from the USA, Nigeria and Ghana, respectively, have reignited the debate on how victims of rape and sexual abuse are treated. Listen in as Ms. Uduak host of The Africa Music Law Show takes on rape laws in Nigeria, Ghana, USA (Atlanta, Georgia & California) and breaks down the analysis. 

 This 57th episode of the show is packed with very important information you don’t want to miss. Listen and share with your family, and friends.

Inside this Episode:

  • Motivational talk.
  • Personal story.
  • Crisis Management in rape cases.
  • Facts of the Bill Cosby, Timaya and Asamoah Gyan Rape Cases.
  • Nigerian Rape Laws.
  • US Rape Laws.
  • Ghana Rape Laws.
  • Camille Cosby Crisis Management/ her Support of Bill Cosby (Guest Interview)
  • Closing.

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The Africa Music Law show is the premiere music business and entertainment law show empowering the African artist, and the creative industry at large. The show made iTunes Top 4 in its ‘New & Noteworthy’ category in 2014. Countries represented are Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%).

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AML 038: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ordered to Pay $7.3 Million in ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit


After a week of trial, an eight member jury has ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, must pay $7.3Million to the Marvin Gaye family for copyright infringement. The lawsuit filed by the Gaye family claims the 2013 hit single ‘Blurred Lines’ co-written by the artists directly infringed on the 1977 hit song by Marvin Gaye titled ‘Got to Give it Up.’

Ms. Uduak takes on the legal analysis in this 38th episode of the ‘The Africa Music Law Show.’

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AML 036: (Legal Analysis) Sudanese Lost Boys SUE Reese Witherspoon’s ‘GOOD LIE’ Producers

The Lost Boys are claiming breach of contract, breach of joint venture agreement, declaratory judgment, injunctive relief and specific performance, breach of fiduciary duty, demand for accounting, conversion of plaintiff’s ideas, promissory estoppel, commercial appropriation, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, unjust enrichment and quantum meruit.

Ms. Uduak, an attorney, publisher and founder of Africa Music Law takes on the latest lawsuit by 54 Lost Boys of Sudan against the ‘Good Lie’ Producers in the 36th episode of The Africa Music Law Show.

Summary of the Lawsuit Found Directly in the Complaint.

“Defendants used the life stories of fifty-four Sudanese refugees of genocide to produce the recently released film The Good Lie. The Good Lie is an A-list production by Academy Award winning producer Ron Howard starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon. The refugees partnered with Defendants to create The Good Lie’s script, in part, based upon their promise that a non-profit foundation organized and run by the refugees would be the sole beneficiary of any fundraising efforts associated with The Good Lie. It was expected that The Good Lie would increase public awareness of the plight of Sudanese refugees and lead to multiple ongoing and continuous fundraising opportunities to help this worthy cause. The Foundation was formed to use the proceeds of the movie’s fundraising efforts to fund schools and other philanthropic causes in South Sudan. However, neither the refugees nor their Foundation have been compensated in any fashion for sharing their traumatic personal stories and assisting with the creation of the script for The Good Lie.

When confronted during a videotaped meeting on April 15, 2013, Molly Smith, of Black Label Media, LLC, said, “The most important thing that was said here today was you asked a question, ‘Do you feel you should be compensated for your story?’ And, the answer I can say, because it’s my company and my studio, is absolutely.” Defendants have broken their promises to these refugees.” -Lost Boys Complaint

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AML 020: Google Shuts Down Africa’s #1 Gossip Blog Linda Ikeji, Ini Edo Divorces, TB Joshua’s Potential Criminal and Civil Liability

Linda Ikeji is Africa’s biggest celebrity blogger averaging an estimated income of $900,000 per year. She was recently accused of infringing on the intellectual property rights of others and now, Google has shut down her site. What next? Also, one of Africa’s most popular pastors is in the hot seat. Pastor TB Joshua ‘s building collapsed leaving a 115 people injured, 84 of them dead. Is he criminally liable? We discuss these and more on The Africa Music Law.com show with Ms. Uduak, with a special guest appearance.

Inside this Episode:

1. Google Shuts Down LindaIkeji.blogspot.com, what next?

2. Ini Edo divorces, her ex-in laws threaten to expose her alleged cheating ways, does she have any legal recourse?

3. Tiwa Savage’s rumored divorce and domestic violence situation with T-Billz.

4. Amber Rose’s Divorce from Wiz Khalifa, what happens to child custody and visitation issues?

5. Chris Brown’s mom and girlfriend are worried about his gang affiliation with the ‘Bloods’ what does this mean for Chris and his career?

6. Is TB Joshua civilly and criminally liable for his collapsed building that killed 115 people?

7. Did Akon really perform in a balloon/bubble to avoid getting Ebola?

Links & Resources in Show

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