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Should Patoranking leave Foston Musik over his label owner’s alleged bad act of domestic violence?


AML people, a question for you. Should an artist walk away from a label whose owner gains very negative publicity for domestic violence?

Here are the facts:

  1. Patoranking is a successful artist slowly but surely gaining global recognition.
  2. He is signed to Foston Musik, a label in Nigeria whose owner is Foston Utomi.
  3. A few weeks ago, Utomi became the focus of attention when his ex-wife of only one year released statements and photos revealing that he was nothing short of a monster in their relationship.
  4. Once released, the story went viral and headlines became associated with Patoranking as a point of reference.
  5. Of equal significance is that Patoranking, through his music, has been an advocate of stopping violence against women.

Is this a license for Patoranking to walk away from an otherwise valid contract? Let me know your thoughts.

By the way, I have to say that while the numbers are not encouraging, I am happy that there is a shift in Nigerian society and its diaspora communities for a zero tolerance of domestic violence. I am happy that men and women are speaking up and holding perpetrators of this crime accountable. It’s only a matter of time, I believe, that local law enforcement in Nigeria will also begin taking these situations seriously. I am optimistic.

DV Resources
Nigerian Male Celebrities Say ‘NO’ to Violence Against Women in Project R.A.W Campaign.

Also visit PROJECT R.A.W directly on their website to get in touch with someone that can help you if you or someone you know is in domestic violence situation (verbal/emotional and/or physical).

The Utomi allegation

Photo credit/description: Utomi & Ex-wife’s pre-wedding photo which was also featured on BellaNaija Weddings


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