Winners: NLIPW National Campus Essay Competition (NNCEC 2019)

National Campus Essay Competition
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Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 NLIPW National Campus Essay Competition (NNCEC). This year’s essay competition addressed legal issues confronting the music or movie industry in Nigeria. Banigo Charles Tekena from University of Ibadan emerged the winner.

The Winners of the 2019 NLIPW National Campus Essay Competition

Winner: Banigo, Charles Tekena, University of Ibadan

With an estimated population of 190 million people spread over 250 ethnic groups of different cultural heritages and backgrounds, Nigeria is arguably one of the most diverse nations on the African continent. This rich cultural diversity is vividly displayed in the different languages we speak, foods we eat and clothes we wear. Amidst all these differences however, we are at the core, bound by one unshakable bond – our undeniable love for music.

To the average Nigerian, music is much more than just an organized arrangement of words and tunes. It is one of our most treasured mediums of expression that connects minds, hearts and souls; it is a tool for social justice to correct perceived social ills, and it is of course, our favorite mode of entertainment. Sadly today, our beloved music industry is plagued by an insidious malady which if left unchecked, may spell the beginning of its end in Nigeria. Its name? Online music piracy. Read more

2nd Place Winner: Asudemade Habeebullah A., University of Ibadan

If there is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian movie industry, then we need not look too far, it is piracy. And we would not have adequately engaged this discourse with regards to Nigeria without talking about Moses Olaiya – Baba Sala – a man who suffered a great deal from the hands of piracy. Baba Sala’s work “Orun Mooru” which by all standards was going to be a major sell-out had its success cut short by the sharp blades of piracy. All he did was to have made his works into small formats so it can be available for wider audience, little did he know what piracy had in stock for him. This tragic account not just led to a huge box-office loss, but also went as far as wrecking the man’s career. Several years down the lane, I ask, has anything changed?Read more

3rd Place Winner: Alonge Olufemi Moses, University of Ibadan

The story thus begins, at the last quarter of 2017, when PwC noted in its recently-published Entertainment and Media Outlook 2018 – 2022report, that the depreciation of the country’s currency – the naira – has affected Nigeria’s overall Entertainment and Media (E&M) revenue. Despite this, the Nigerian music industry which brought in $35 million in revenue in 2017, however raises eye-brows when it is estimated to bring in $65 million in revenue by 2020. Nollywood, Nigeria’s US$600-million film industry, is the world’s second largest film industry by volume. Undoubtedly, the music and movie industries are most lucrative in the Nigerian entertainment industry. More surprising it is to say, that this same promising industry is bedeviled by the incessant occurrence of the menace called piracy. Read more

Other Winners (in no particular order)

  1. Braimoh Ebunoluwa Folorunso, Lagos State University
  2. Ngozi Blessing Odoemelam, University of Benin
  3. Favour Oyeleke, Obafemi Awolowo University
  4. Chioma Ezeigbo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu
  5. Comforter Bolere Ketebu, University of Benin
  6. Ufoegbune Osariamen, Obafemi Awolowo University
  7. Godwin Okwudili Odum, Delta State Univesity
  8. Gbanger Shimasaan, Benue State University, Markurdi
  9. Samuel Onya Ugwu, University of Benin
  10. Branham Paul Chima, University of Benin
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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: