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Veteran musician Victor Uwaifo has threatened to sue X3M singer, Simi, for using his franchise “Joromi” without his consent. In a chat with SaharaReporters, the veteran said Joromi is a franchise, hence, “Simi is in trouble” for using the same title. Uwaifo who attended the Annual General Meeting of Copyright Society of Nigeria COSON which held at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos, maintained that copyrights infringement is a serious offence and should be taken seriously.

He said, “Copyright is a very serious business and the contravention of copyright laws is more serious than you can imagine. “Most people still believe that someone can just pick somebody’s work, which we call intellectual property right, and use it for their own benefit to the detriment of the composer, the man who actually created the work.

“You know it takes time to create a work; it takes a lot of research to be able to come out with a piece of work. You know one single track is equivalent to research journal and then a whole record is equivalent to a book publication, so people don’t understand it, they don’t know.

“You don’t just wake up in the university then you just put anything down and you call it a journal or a book. It takes a lot of research to be able to do one piece of music. The composition, the lyrics, the music, the score, the arrangement, the production and booking of the studio all cost money, and someone will just come and take the work and use it as his own or probably do an advert on it,” he added.

He said he has already filed a N500 million suit against Pepsi for using his song “Arabade” and would handle Simi at the right time.

When quizzed about taking any legal actions against Simi, he said: “One after the other. I cannot just take everybody to court at the same time. I don’t know whether he or she; I know she is but I know somebody is behind it. An LP was sent as a compliment; I’m still looking at it but they were planning to come to Benin to see me; up till now, they haven’t come, so I’m just putting that one on hold. ‘Joromi’ is a franchise; the name never existed before. Benin don’t have “J” in their language; if any started with ‘J’ in Benin then it is fake. All consonant words start with vowel sounds. For example, if I use the trademark of one of these soft drinks, it is wrong. So Simi is in trouble,” hr buttressed.

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I Almost Fainted When I Received N10m From Iya Adura —- Baba Suwe

Gbemileke Ajayi

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It is no news that veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, popular known as Baba Suwe, has been down with an unknown sickness.

He, however, needed financial assistance to take care of himself.

The news of his sickness hit social media and many wellmeaning Nigerians donated to his cause including a Londonbased Nigerian preacher, Abimbola Esther Ajayi also known as Iya Adura.

Iya Adura, who is the general overseer of Love of Christ Generational Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Clapham, London, promise to assist the ailing actor with the sum of N10million.

Immediately she offered to support with N10million and his flight ticket to support whatev-er Baba Suwe had gathered in order to get thorough medical assistance quickly. She spoke to Baba Suwe and offered him prayers.

In a recent interview with Goldmyne TV, the thespian revealed that he almost fainted after receiving the money.

Meanwhile, the actor’s first son, Adesola Omidina, has thanked Nigerians for coming to his father’s aid.

The young man mentioned the individuals and groups who raised a helping hand just so his father could quickly recover. Some of the people he mentioned include the current vice president of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo, the TAMPAN association, individual actors, friends and relatives.

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Ronnie Music Releases ONYE NA EME M’MA

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Adesanya Aderonke Comfort popularly known as Ronnie is multi-talented Gospel artiste, who discovered her talent at the tender age of 5.

She started with the children choir of her then church, Foursquare Gospel Church, (Chapel of Blessing), iju in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA of Lagos. She has since then, been a part of different church choir before establishing herself in the Gospel Music Industry.

The graduate of Insurance from the Lagos state university, has two albums to her credit with several singles; the latest titled “Onye ne me nma

She was nominated for the “Best gospel lyrics at the Nigerian Gospel Award in 2011and 2018 but won HYPE Awards and has received several other nominations since then.

Ronnie is not just a passionate worshipper with a unique voice, she is also a great dancer and dance instructor. Her passion to worship God in a unique way, led to the birthing of “Building The Palace of Praise”- an 100% praise event that brings people together quarterly to experience the presence of God in an ambiance electrified with deep worship with Ronnie and her friends.

Even a day old baby can guess her response when asked what is her hobby, she said SINGING!!!

She has alot of soul lifting singles to her credit and she recently released a New video title ONYE NA EME M’MA ” after the success of Grateful another soul lifting song…

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JUST IN: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Donates N1m To Ailing Baba Suwe

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has announced a donation of N1m to the ailing veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a. Baba Suwe, who had solicited for financial support to enable him seek urgent medical attention.

Baba Suwe made the plea for financial support on Monday during an interview with popular broadcaster, Kola Olotu, in Ibadan.

And today, Thursday, the Vice President Osinbajo has already responded through his aides who visited the ailing actor at his Ikorodu Lagos home.

Meanwhile, Theater Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) also said that the actor has been on the health bill of the association since 2017.

The affable comic actor went out of circulation eight years ago, after enjoying patronage and limelight for decades, because of diabetic complications among other ailments.

Tracing the origin of his current ordeal, Baba Suwe said the crisis started in the United States of America, where he had traveled to, but collapsed, even amidst cheers by fans.

“Since the time I returned to Nigeria, I have been going up and down,” he struggled to tell the radio show host amidst tears.

“They have taken me to different hospitals, yet my condition is getting worse. My situation is so bad now that I can’t walk without a walking stick.”

Baba Suwe also linked his current predicament to the ordeals the NDLEA officials subjected him to while in its custody.

According to him, the mental, psychological and medical stress he underwent, while NDLEA tried to establish that he indeed ingested cocaine, shattered him.

The comedian also lamented that he is yet to receive the N25 million damages initially awarded him.

He said: “The most important issue is that I need money to treat and rehabilitate myself as I have spent all I had on the health challenges.

Also, Baba Suwe shared his account details: First Bank, Babs Omidina Comedy, 2003537811, during the interview.

During an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in September, Baba Suwe revealed that he would release a movie, ‘Oya Gbe Ti’ detailing his 2011 encounter with NDLEA.

He was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in 2011 on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps.

During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the agency, but no drugs were found.

A Lagos High Court subsequently ordered NDLEA to pay the veteran actor N25 million for unlawfully detaining him and to also tender a public apology to him; a ruling the drugs agency appealed.

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