In a brawl of two friends, who shall separate the raging battle? Is it their enemies, the police or the law courts?
This and many other questions, watchers of the Nigerian entertainment industry are trying hard to find answers to as two Nigerian music icons, once close chums, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face and his former label mate, Ahmedu Augustine a.k.a Blackface, take their copyright fight to the streets.
While Annie Macaulay’s hubby 2face threatens Blackface with a legal action over accusations ranging from song theft, sabotage, and music royalties to fraud, among other things, the latter vows never to apologise.
2face and Blackface in the yore days.
In a letter written to Blackface by 2face’s counsel Seun Omotoba & Co. and dated 5th of May, 2017, ‘the African Queen’ singer asked Blackface to tender an unreserved apology for all the statements he made and published against him and his manager, Efe Omorege.
The African Queen crooner gave his former band mate seven days to do so, or he would seek legal redress.
“We are informed by our Clients that you have made and are continuing to make several false, misleading, malicious and defamatory statements which are calculated to bring our clients to disrepute, and subject them to public ridicule.
Your unprovoked, unjustified and completely unwarranted behaviour will no longer be ignored nor accommodated by our clients,” the letter partly says.
The letter continues, “We, therefore have the instructions to demand from you as follows: A general unreserved apology in writing for all the defamatory statements made and/or published by you in the past; Specific written apologies for all the defamatory statements by which you have accused our clients of (a) song theft (b) wishing you dead so as to take your property, (c)corruption (d)music royalties fraud and (e) career sabotage that you refrain from further making any false or defamatory statement about our clients.
The communication stated that if he fails to apologize publicly within seven days of receiving their letter, they would seek legal redress. 2face’s response followed Blackface’s recent interview with an online publication, Premium Times, which was published on April 23, where Blackface alleged that the pop singer infringed on his copyright by releasing the song ‘Let Somebody Love You’.
He also alleged that he has not been compensated for writing ‘African Queen.” Meanwhile, reacting to the letter, Blackface reportedly admitted receiving a letter from 2face’s lawyer, but insisted that he would never apologize to anybody.
“Rastaman will never apologize to them because they are filled with evil. So, they should go to hell and anything they want to do they should do. But I know that my lawyers should have served them already. What am I apologizing for?”
“Somebody takes your music and then you apologize? Is that for real? They are really playing with themselves and I think the manager is putting him in a whole lot of trouble. They know they are in a whole lot of trouble. They took a lawyer from Oshodi Bridge to write something for them who does not even know how to weigh the case and know what to even write. Illiteracy is around them. They are crazy. They don’t even know what they are doing, “he fumed.
The duo were previous members of the musical group, Plantashun boiz.