The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has concluded plans to invite the mobile communication firm, MTN, over allegations of unauthorized usage of four of Baba 2010's musical works- Gentleman, Omotena, Twisted and Unity Song- as callertunes.
A call to the Commission's Director of Enforcement,
I stumbled upon the above picture of a Syrian father who carried his sleeping daughter on his shoulder in Beirut while selling pens and I decided to share with the hope that the pain and helplessness on the father's face shocks people out of their reality-dodging coma.
Heartbreaking photos? We probably don't even know the half of it. He is one of the "lucky" ones who made it out alive in Syria...and with a living daughter too!
My first thoughts: even if someone was kind enough to buy all the pens he had, how much would it amount to and how long can that money cater for him and his daughter?
Then I asked myself: Do you see how he's trying to make a cosy cradle for the daughter by clutching his fists? Aint you humbled by the fact that he tries to sell to earn even in misery? Yet I stay complaining about the smallest of things. I finally found a hero and now I am truly humbled.
Only a parent can give this kind of love to a child in times like this and I wish for all hope, safety and restoration for this family.
A Legal Notice of Intention has been served to MTN by a legal team headed by Barr. Rockson A. Igelige, an entertainment lawyer.
The legal team is accusing MTN of illegally using its client's ( Baba 2010) four musical works- Gentleman, Omotena, Twisted, Unity Song- as caller tunes/ringtones without authorization from the musician.
Below is an exclusive copy of the Letter sent to MTN and the CD:
I honestly think it's about time we took copyrights issues seriously in Nigeria so copyright owners can reap the fruits of the long hours put into their works or what do you think? Please share your thoughts by dropping a comment.
The burial of Peter Bello, co-pilot of the ill-fated Bristow helicopter, is slated for today, August 20 at the Hawkins Road cemetery in Calabar, Cross River State.
But the Lagos State Coroner has bluntly refused to release his body to be flown down to Calabar for the scheduled burial for undisclosed reasons. This has caused agitation and call for the release of his body on social media.
Recall that the recovered bodies of the handsome 26-year old co-pilot, the American first pilot Joseph Wyatt and the other four were deposited at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, mortuary for autopsy.
Peter Bello and Joseph Wyatt were conveying 12 oil workers from an oil rig station when their helicopter plunged into the Oworonshoki, Lagos area of the lagoon just five minutes before landing.