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Raddison Blu Owes Us N50 Million For Using Our Intellectual Properties – Nollywood

Jide Kosoko

Jide Kosoko

Nollywood actors have come out to carry out a peaceful protest at the Radisson Blu Hotel situated on Isaac John Street, Ikeja, GRA.

The protest was organised by the Audio-visual Rights Society (AVRS), and Nigerians have been reacting.

Jide Kosoko, Fred Amata, Yemi Solade, Mahmood Alli-Balogun, Grace Amah, Ejike Asiegbu, Sunny McDon were recently seen protesting over the hotel’s alleged refusal to pay for use of their intellectual properties in their different branches.

AVRS boss, Alli-Balog added that the hospitality outfit has refused to pay for use of their intellectual properties and it is currently owing the copyright collective society about N50 million.

WOW.

Nollywood is a sobriquet that originally referred to the Nigerian film industry. The origin of the term dates back to the early 2000s, traced to an article in The New York Times. Due to the history of evolving meanings and contexts, there is no clear or agreed-upon definition for the term, which has made it a subject to several controversies.

The origin of the term “Nollywood” remains unclear; Jonathan Haynes traced the earliest usage of the word to a 2002 article by Matt Steinglass in the New York Times, where it was used to describe Nigerian cinema.

Charles Igwe noted that Norimitsu Onishi also used the name in a September 2002 article he wrote for the New York Times. The term continues to be used in the media to refer to the Nigerian film industry, with its definition later assumed to be a portmanteau of the words “Nigeria” and “Hollywood”, the American major film hub.

Film-making in Nigeria is divided largely along regional, and marginally ethnic and religious lines. Thus, there are distinct film industries – each seeking to portray the concern of the particular section and ethnicity it represents. However, there is the English-language film industry which is a melting pot for filmmaking and filmmakers from most of the regional industries.


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