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AML 067: Rape, Power & the Law: #Sugabelly v. Mustapha Audu, Time for New Rape Laws in Nigeria?

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Over the weekend, Sugabelly, a controversial Nigerian blogger, became the name on everyone’s lips when she took to twitter and her blog to share highly damaging information about Mustapha Audu, the son of a powerful and recently deceased political figure.

Sugabelly claimed Audu raped her eight years ago when she was 17 years old. She also claimed he invited his friends, brother and cousins to gang rape her too, and that these crimes took place over a six month period. While she has shared the story and impact on her life since 2007, Nigerians did not take notice until this weekend when Audu’s father died and Sugabelly joyfully took to twitter to rejoice and wish even more deaths on the family, including on Audu and the men who allegedly also gang raped her. Sugabelly’s revelations about Audu raping her have since gone viral with the media, political and social activists and Nigerian society at large, all weighing in on what is the first of its kind true open dialogue about rape. In addition, Audu has responded denying all allegations and revealing, through his wife, documentation that seem to tell a different side of the story.

In the 67th episode of The Africa Music Law Show, Ms. Uduak (host), along with the help of one of her legal colleagues, addresses the court of public opinion, how a case like this could play out in a court of law, and reviews rape laws in Nigeria.


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Africa Music Law™

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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