Blackface Drags Wizkid And Banky W To Court Over Alleged Copyright Infringement
Veteran Nigerian music artiste, Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo, better known by his stage name, Blackface Naija, is dragging popular Nigerian singers, Wizkid and Banky W, to court over what he calls copyright infringement.
The singer, who made the announcement via his Instagram handle, seems to be filing a case of copyright theft against the duo for allegedly stealing his song.
While stating in the suit that Wizkid’s “Slow Whine” off his debut ‘Superstar’ album, which was released on June 2011, is a reproduction of his song “Like the Way,” Blackface is demanding over a N100m in the case.
“I have remained quiet while my name has been dragged in the mud the past few years. Some of Nigeria’s biggest artists have infringed on my copyrights but I always restricted myself to speaking out against this in the media. Maybe because I always felt that music is an art and not really a business where you bring in lawyers and all that. That’s why I couldn’t believe when I was sued for N50m by the same people who stole my intellectual property.”
“I have nothing personal against Wizkid & Banky, in fact I can say I groove to both their music, but the fact is that they stole my song in 2011 and there’s clear evidence to prove it. We’ll allow the Court to decide.”