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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.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

Pretty Okafor

President

29 June 2021.


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What Inspired New Movie “Ola” – Popular Actress, Kiitan Bukola Reveals

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Oloruntimilehin Bukola popularly known as Kiitan is one of the wave-making actresses in the movie industry. This very humble, highly talented and down to earth actress has achieved so much as an actress cum producer within a short period in the industry, compared to many of her contemporaries, and she is leaving no stone unturned to still achieve more in the industry.

 

Kiitan achieved so much in 2021 from acquiring a house, to buying an exotic car, bagging several awards for her exceptional role interpretations in movies.

 

Despite all these, she still not relenting as she will be premiering her 4th movie titled “Ola” soon.

 

In this interview with City People’s BIODUN ALAO, she talked about what really inspired her latest movie, how she has been able to achieve so much in a short while and why she has been keeping to herself in the industry. Below are the excerpts.

 

What inspired your latest movie titled “Ola”?

 

My latest movie titled “Ola” (Tomorrow) was inspired by the things I have seen about life. A lot of things are happening today that many even forget there is tomorrow and also they have forgotten many things we do today determines our tomorrow.

 

What should expect from this latest movie and the premiere?

 

I want people to expect something new and different, it is very different from my usual movie. When I sit back and watch. I am always surprised that I could come out with I thank God. I was able to change my character from what people are used to watch, so people can see another part of me as an actor.

 

How have you been able to achieve so much as a young actress in the industry?

 

It’s been God, I am only trying my best so I give God all the glory. I am not perfect but God has been indeed faithful.

 

The year 2021 was a very fulfilling one for you, what is the secret?

 

The truth is 2021, I focused more on my career, when I joined the movie industry, I had a target and I always want people to know that the Yoruba movie industry is actually not what people think of it.

 

Some will even say oh Yoruba movies I don’t want to watch it, but I actually want to try my best to change that narrative through my own movie by producing unique and interesting movies that they can learn from. We have good producers that produce fantastic movies in the industry and I want to be counted among those very few.

 

What is the secret of your success in the industry?

 

There is actually no secrets anywhere I am only trying my very best to do something different and unique.

 

I have been trying so hard to challenge myself and do something some other people believe it is too difficult for them.

 

If you have the opportunity to change anything now about yourself in the industry, what would it be?

 

Honestly, absolutely nothing. I don’t want to change anything but rather work harder to be a better person. You are also one actress that tends to always mind her business in the industry, what prompted that decision?

 

Naturally, I am a lane minder, even outside the industry, I mind my business and keep to myself a lot. Some will say it is because I am arrogant but truly I am not a proud person. I am a very emotional person, I get hurt easily, so as much as I don’t want to hurt people, I won’t encourage anyone to hurt me too. So that is why I mind my business.

 

I don’t like being taken for granted. I am always happy for people’s success and celebrate them. I enjoy being on my own.

 

What is your next plan after this movie?

 

I would like to do something better and bigger than this again. I just always want to be a step ahead.

 

Do you have any regret so far in the industry?

 

I don’t have any regret so far. Being famous actually rob one of her privacy, maybe that is the only regret so far. I am this person that doesn’t like putting my family in the limelight. I don’t want anybody to know about my relationship but being popular people wants to know about your everything and that is very scary so that is like the only aspect I don’t like.

 

What is your greatest desire in the industry?

 

The greatest desire in my career is to be at the very top, become an A-list actor, though I know it requires lots of hard work and I am working tirelessly towards that. I want to see myself in Hollywood, I want to see myself on Netflix and make my fans really proud.

 

How many movies have you produced so far?

 

I have been in the industry for a while now and I have produced 3 movies. My latest movie “Ola” (Tomorrow) is my fourth production and it will be premiered on the 27th of December and I honestly can’t wait for people to see it, it is far from the usual.

 

I know what I am talking about. I had to challenge myself this time around. I can’t wait to start getting reviews.

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8 Reasons to Subscribe to JMSlide This Season

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Not currently subscribed to JMSlide? Now maybe the time to reconsider! Here are reasons why you should subscribe to JMSlide

 

Ever since its official launch in Nigeria on Sunday, December 5, 2021. JMSlide has remains the top choice for TV and movie streaming in 2021 thanks to its ease of use, lack of commercials and exclusive content.

Streaming shows and movies over the internet is the best way to watch TV, and JMslide is proving to be the best choice so far for streaming entertainment. JMslide includes a wide variety of familiar network shows and more original series that streams effortlessly like one is watching movies offline.

Depending on the plan you choose, JMslide costs between N1000 and N2350 per month, which is at the most affordable end for a streaming service couple with its sheer variety and number of new things to watch.

JMslide may have been one of the recent platform in the world, but it’s the first of its kind from Nigeria, but it’s kept its momentum with its increasing number of original shows and movies -many of which have been tipped to bag major awards and nominations.

 

Compared to other streaming platforms, you can’t beat JMSlide’s slate of original TV shows and movies that are considered among the best of the modern era of television, , such as Bosun’s Empire, Alabede, The Grudge, Cocktale, Emilola and many more.

JMSlide has more 4K content than just about any other streaming service, and a lot of its 4K shows and movies are also available in HDR. High dynamic range provides an even bigger improvement in image quality than 4K, with better contrast and color, and the difference is especially apparent on large, higher-end televisions.

JMslide’s browsing features and algorithm for recommendations have never been stellar.

Browsing categories on the service is also easier, with the homepage split into a variety of popular categories that you can expand to explore more. On the JMslide website, you can hover over series to see their trailers and expand the preview to get more information without leaving the homepage.

JMslide remains my favourite streaming platform of the increasingly large bunch. It has a huge selection of movies and TV shows old and new tons of high-quality original programs, and an easy-to-navigate interface.

Check it out and let’s hear from you https://jmslide-us.com/

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