Music Business

Nigeria’s Nollywood Releases a Drake v. Meek Mill Movie?

MeekMill v DrakeNollywood, which is in Nigeria and is said to be the third largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood, never ceases to amaze me.

As you all know by now, Meek Mill and Drake had a recent and unnecessary “beef” with each other that flooded the music industry and mainstream media this past week. The dust has barely settled and now it is alleged that Nollywood distributors in Alaba market (a distribution hub/center) plan to release a movie appropriating/infringing on the trade names of these rap artists, but featuring Nollywood stars.

Now, if you think this is a joke, would you still hold that opinion if you found out this is a common pattern and practice in Nollywood? Reference movies like Nollywood’s Beyonce v. Rihanna and Lady Gaga below.

It is my understanding the stars whose names and likeness have been used on the poster say they have never authorized the use of their identities without consent.

-Ms. Uduak

Lady Gaga

Beyonce v. Rihanna – complete with copyright infringement of Beyonce’s music

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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