The Performing Musicians’ Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has reacted to the news of the impending repeal and re-enactment of the Copyright Act (Cap. C.28 Law of the Federation of Nigeria) 2004.
PMAN’s reaction was based on the apparent speed and secrecy with which the Bill to repeal the Act and re-enact a new one was shrouded.
About two weeks ago, the media (both print and electronic) were agog with the news that the Bill to repeal and re-enact the Copyright Act 2004 2021 has passed second reading at the floor of the Senate.
PMAN hearing and reading this news, contacted notable groups and associations in the creative industry, particularly, the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) and the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN), all which denied any knowledge of the Bill and its contents. We then became very apprehensive that some sinister motives are at play to halt and reverse the progress already made in the field of copyright administration and enforcement.
PMAN immediately wrote a formal letter to the Senate Leadership, specifically, the Senate President, the joint Chairmen of Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Trade and Investments, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, Senate Chief Whip among others, to express PMAN’s concern over a Bill that touches upon the livelihood and constitutional rights of Nigerian Musicians without their knowledge or input. PMAN’s simple request was that it should be availed of a copy of the Bill to at least know what it contains and if necessary, make input.
PMAN did not stop there; we wrote a letter to the sponsor of the Bill, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, expressing the same concern and requesting the Distinguished Senator to recall the Bill for stakeholders’ consideration. We received a very nice and swift reply from Senator Abiru who advised us to access the Bill from a link which he gave as www.nass.gv.ng. From our attempts, we discovered that the link does not exist and we used our initiative to access the National Assembly website and found that the said Bill was not among the posted Bills pending consideration before the National Assembly (both the Senate and the House of Representatives). We then rightly assumed that we were deliberately sent on a wild goose chase by the Distinguished Senator and came to the incontrovertible conclusion that certain forces are pushing the Bill secretly while trying to present the image that the process is open.
PMAN rejects this process in its entirety, noting that the Sponsor of the Bill, Senator Abiru, is not an author, painter, artist or a musician. As far as we know, we are not able to trace any interest to him that could be classified as copyright-related that would make him so interested in pushing a Bill that would affect the lives and constitutional rights of millions of Nigerian stakeholders without their knowledge and input.
We have contacted our allies in other organisations and associations and they expressed the same worries. Some have actually written to the Senate Leadership expressing their concerns.
Our concern is more fuelled by a recent Public Hearing held on 16th and 17th June 2021 by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values on the Bill to Repeal the National Film and Video Censor’s Board Act and Enact the National Film and Video Censorship, Classification and Exhibition Regulatory Commission Bill 2019 in its place. Up to the date of that Public Hearing, stakeholders in the industry were not aware of the Bill and its contents.
PMAN is stating for the umpteenth time and the records that the works of our intellects, which consist of literary works, musical works, artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings and our performances are our private property. They are our Constitutional and Fundamental Human Rights. Any attempt to tamper with them with a view to appropriate them for anybody or authority be it private or public shall be resisted.
PMAN calls on other stakeholders in the entire creative industry to rise and team up for the defence of their moral and economic rights.
PMAN also calls on the leadership of the National Assembly both at the Senate and House of Representatives to thread softly on these Bills until the real stakeholders have made their inputs and had their say.
29 June 2021.
Meet Wendy Appelbaum, South Africa”s Richest Woman
Wendy Appelbaum is a philanthropist and businesswoman, she is the chairperson of DeMorgenzon wine estate and agricultural business in South Africa, she is currently the wealthiest Jewish woman in South Africa.
Wendy’s worth is about 2.6 billion SA Rand, R2.6 billion, which is estimated to be around $170 million, making her the wealthiest South African woman.
Wendy Donna Appelbaum was born in South Africa, she is the only daughter of the South African business mogul, Sir Donald Gordon and her mother Peggy. Gordon is the founder of Liberty Group.
Wendy studied Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, She worked for her father at the Liberty Group after school, she also became a director at the Liberty investors.
Wendy is not only a businesswoman, she is a wife and a mother. She is married to Hylton Appelbaum, they have two children together, both sons, namely Nicholas and Matthew.
One if her sons, Nicholas is a Surgeon and her other son, Matthew is a Banker.
According to the source, Wendy’s husband, Hylton, manages the wine garden and holds positions in other organizations in South Africa such as being a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Chairman and Mindset Network.
I Had Threesome With Apostle Suleman & Iyabo Ojo — Nollywood actress,Steph Nayah
Nollywood actress, Steph Nayah, has mocked her colleague, Iyabo Ojo, after the latter debunked report that she had an intimate relationship with the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
Recall that The Eagle Online reported that an Instagram blogger, Gistlover, listed celebrities intimate with Suleman.
It was a list of female celebrities who it claimed to have had intimate relationships with the Apostle, adding that there were many names missing as Big Brother Naija female stars should also be included.
Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar, confessed to have had an intimate relationship with the clergyman, claiming that she is nursing an ailment of a protruding stomach after sleeping with him.
According to Abubakar, the protruding stomach prompted her to deceive Nigerians last year that she welcomed a child.
Nayah revealed that she also had an affair with the Apostle, while narrating how she, Ojo and Suleman had a threesome.
Threesome is a sexual activity involving three persons at the same time.
In a lengthy post, Nayah noted that she has been silent on Suleman’s issue because she wanted to see how far he is willing to take the lie.
Nayah revealed how she met the Apostle in Mombasa, Kenya and he took her contact, after which they shared several intimate moments together.
She claimed that the Apostle flew her back to Nigeria to lodge at his girlfriend’s place, which happened to be Ojo’s house.
She disclosed that Ojo made her comfortable and didn’t display any mean character to her as she was comfortable with the Apostle having multiple affairs as long as her income was coming in.
Her post reads: “I have been very silent on Apostle Suleiman issue because I want to see how far he is willing to take this lie.
“I had to come on Instagram to put my story out there.
“I met him at the Airport in Mombasa, Kenya and he took my contact. We had sex in Dubai on that trip.
“He called me two weeks after and invited me back to Nigeria cutting short my trip in Dubai.
“He bought me a business class ticket and sent me an address in Agungi area of Lekki to wait for him at his girlfriend’s house, as he would want us to have a threesome as he enjoyed my breasts.
“Lo and behold, the house was the house of Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo @iyaboojofespris, in an estate called 5 Streets in Agungi.
“She made me comfortable and told me how she doesn’t mind whatever the pastor does, as long as he keeps giving her money.
“He had just rented the house for her and she said her black range (Range Rover) was giving her problems, as it was also in the mechanic’s place.
“Apostle came in around 11pm.
“He drove himself in a black G Wagon and his driver drove a silver range, one of his other cars.
“After our round of sex in Iyabo Ojo’s room, he gave her the keys to the range that she should sell the black range off since it was old already.
“He gave her $3000 to send to her son in the US, as he was said to be taking a trial exam and needed to pay some bills.
“He gave me $5000 and a key to a room at Protea hotel.
“I called Uber and went to the hotel to wait for him.
“He came on the third day on his way to Abuja and gave me another $2000.
“He is a nice man and the sugar daddy of most Nollywood actresses, but for God’s sake, he should stop lying.
“You can say this is a lie, but in your heart you will know it’s true.
“How you told me you don’t make money from films, but you are just doing it to keep your face and you know Suleiman carries your bill.
“Do you remember the house you told me Suleiman is building at Osapa and he had promised he will give you to live in.
“When I felt shy about our threesome, you told me that you arrange that for him always cos it’s what he enjoys and even jokes that even if he wants to have with you and your daughter, you will allow him.
“You want me to spill and I take the challenge.
“Your mother lives in the house with you in one of the other rooms upstairs.
“She was with us in the living room watching TV.
“She knows all the shit we talked about.
“Apostle greeted her familiarly when he came and she went upstairs before all of us later retired to your room.
“Your house help, a dirty looking black short girl brought me water to drink.
“You did a boob job to firm up your boobs paid for by apostle.
“Na only stomach you no see do.
“Should I continue??? Or you go behave now? @cossyorjiakor Nne biko leave this girl for me make I finish am.
“I have facts.”
Apostle Suleman, who had reacted to the earlier report of Gistlover on the roll call of celebrities her has had intimate relationships with, was yet to speak on the latest “dragging” by Nayah.
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