NOLLYWOOD NEWS — OKAFOR’S Law, the new movie of Nollywood actress and producer Omoni Oboli was halted from premiering at the IMAX Cinema in Lekki by a Lagos Court injunction over alleged copyright infringement issues; Nollywood Community have gathered.
Omoni Oboli’s OKAFOR’S LAW Movie
Omoni Oboli’s film, Okafor’s Law was suppose to be screened on Friday evening (March 24th) at the IMAX Cinema in Lekki Lagos on Friday evening.
According to PremiumTimes, after months of preparation and publicity, the actress was served a court injunction at 5P.M, just an hour before the premiere of her movie. The court order was issued as a result of a lawsuit filed by a third party over allegations that Omoni infringed on a writer’s intellectual property.
In the court injunction, which was obtained to prevent Okafor’s Law premiere and release on March 31, Omoni Oboli, Dioni Visions and Filmone Distribution are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.
The actress was reportedly heartbroken when she broke the news to her fans saying “Okafor’s Law is my story, my script, my film; was written a 100% by me.”
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Omoni Oboli was accused of copyright infringement for the Okafor’s Law title she gave her movie, by a Canada-based writer, Jude Idada; winner of AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, Goethe Institut AfrikaProjekt and the first runner up of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature.
Jude accused Omoni of stealing his story and idea for her new movie, Okafor’s Law, in September 2016.
Jude revealed this in an interview with an online movie website, TNS. He also stated that Oboli copied his idea for her directorial debut, “Being Mrs Elliott”.
Idada alleged that Omoni Oboli’s OKAFOR’S Law Movie took the work he had done regarding his own Okafor’s Law and developed it without giving him due credit despite the fact that the only thing she had at the time she called him into the project was the name Okafor’s Law.
The actress cum producer however maintained her silence and went on to promote and set a release date for the movie for March 31st with the premiere on Friday evening in Lagos, even after a demand letter was allegedly sent, and the matter was taken to court for the copyright infringement and trademark violation.
A star-studded movie, Okafor’s Law stars Richard Mofe Damijo, Toyin Aimakhu, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ken Erics, Ufuoma McDermott, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Yvonne Jegede, Halima Abubakar, Mary Lazarus, Uche Nnaji, Betty Irabor, Tina Mba, Gabriel Afolayan, and Funke Bucknor.
Okafor’s Law premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the City-to-City program.
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