Court Stops Premiere of Omoni Oboli’s ‘Okafor’s Law

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Last Friday, a court injunction prevented the screening of the much-talked about Nigerian movie “Okafor’s Law”. The movie produced by Nollywood actress and producer, Omoni Oboli, was scheduled to premiere at a cinema in Lagos, Nigeria.

In September 2016, the actress was accused of copyright infringement by a Canadian-based Nigerian script writer, Jude Idada. The actress did not  respond to the allegation but went ahead to complete the movie and set dates for its movie premiere and cinema release.

On March 24, a court order in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/401/2017 was issued by the Federal High Court in Lagos stating that 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants in the case, being Omoni Oboli, Dioni Visions and  Filmone Distribution, and their agents were prevented from premiering the feature film.

Okafor's LawThe court order read:

It is hereby ordered as follows:

  1. That an Order of Interim Injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants either by itself, its officers, agents, servants, privies or through any person or persons howsoever acting on their behalf from premiering the Feature Film “Okafor’s Law” in Lagos or any part of Nigeria on March 24, 2017 pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
  2. That an Order of Interim Injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants either by itself, its officers, agents, servants, privies or through any person or persons howsoever acting on their behalf from releasing the Feature Film “Okafor’s Law” in any movie theater and/or cinema house on the 31st March 2017 pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
  3. That an Order of Interim Injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants either by itself, its officers, agents, servants, privies or through any person or persons howsoever acting on their behalf from distributing the Feature Film “Okafor’s Law” in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

During the movie premiere on Friday, while guests were already present, it was announced  that an injunction had been issued preventing the premiere of “Okafor’s Law” and also its release on March 31.

The actress reportedly addressed her guests stating that she wrote the script for the movie in its entirety.

“I’m so honored that you’re all here today, thank you so much. Thank you for honoring me, thank you for your support over the years. Thank you for always being there when I call. It means so much to me, and I don’t take it for granted. I was really looking forward to showing you the movie tonight. The movie screened at Toronto International  Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival and in America, but all that is nothing if Nigerian people don’t see it”, she said

She further went on to state that “…we cannot show the film tonight. At 5 pm, we got an injunction from the court not to show this film. I’m sure some of you heard some allegation sometime ago, but,my story, my script, my movie, was written 100% by me. You can take that to the bank.”

The case is currently pending in court.

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