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Mohbad is not our member, his royalties issues can’t be addressed, says PMAN



The President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor, has stated that Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad, was not a member of the association.

As a result, the process of managing royalties for his music would pose a challenge for the association.

Okafor disclosed this on Wednesday when he appeared before a House of Representatives Committee on Justice investigating the death of Mohbad in controversial circumstances.

BODEX BLOG had reported that the 27-year-old singer died on September 12, 2023, and since then, videos of alleged harassment and intimidation by his former record label, had gone viral.

Addressing members of the committee, Okafor lamented the failure of new singers to join PMAN, adding that the benefits of membership are huge, including resolving contractual issues between musicians and record labels.

He said, “We engage the Music Managers Association of Nigeria. We engage the record label association of Nigeria, and we also engage the artistes. That is why it is difficult to manage the crisis that has erupted now.

“Some of them believe that PMAN is archaic. Some of them believe that it is only for old people. Some of them, the record labels manipulate their psyche not to make them stay under the authority of PMAN. That is why this kind of crisis has emerged.

“So, if we reach out to the record label association, they will need to reach out to their artistes. They must be member of PMAN so that we can protect their interests and also protect the interest of the record label owners because they are supposed to get certification from PMAN.”

He continued, “The structure has been that the record label association and record label owners must be registered members of the union so that they can be monitored and guided.

“We have a lot of people under PMAN including Tuface, MI, Banky W, and so on. They all belong to the association. But the younger ones or maybe their managers and record labels are not passing positive messages to them. That is why it was difficult for them to join the union.

“So when this crisis started, I personally wanted to interfere, but I could not. That is the main reason for being a PMAN member.”

On his part, the lawyer for the late Mohbad, Selzing Zingfa, said the late singer had issues with his former record label, Marlian Records, which are yet to be resolved.

He said, “Mohbad and the Marlian Records had some arrangements which I cannot term as a record label agreement and this is subject to litigation currently. While he worked with them in some sense, he released an Extended Play and a number of singles. Now those songs are subjects of litigation which he was in court for prior to his demise.

“Subsequently, sometime in October last year, he set up his own label, Imolenization Limited, and he released an EP and he received the revenue directly to himself because he was the sole owner of the company. So on the EP which is called blessed, it is fully secured.

“What we have been trying to retrieve prior to his demise and currently are the EP and singles. Those are still being controlled by the Marlian Records and distributed through their distributors. That is what we have been in court trying to resolve until now, up until his demise and we are still in court for that.”

Chairman of the Committee, Olumide Osoba, reiterated the resolve of the Committee to ensure that issues about Mohbad’s royalties are resolved.


Oladips was dead for three days before coming back to life, says aide




Abdulrasheed Opeyemi, the personal assistant of Nigerian rapper Oladipupo Oladimeji, aka Oladips, has disclosed that the rapper, who was recently declared dead by his management, actually died for three days before he came back to life.

News surfaced on November 14 that the ‘Chache’ crooner had died following an ailment he battled with for two years.

“We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, November 14, Tuesday evening, at exactly 10:14 pm. We are still in shock as we speak!

“For over two years, he has kept his battles within himself; his body is now with his family. The family asked that we respect their privacy in this trying time. May God give us all the fortitude to bear this great loss. (amen),” read a statement from his management.

In an exclusive interview with PUNCH Online’s Tope Alabi on Monday, Abdulrasheed shed more light on the ‘management’ of Dipsciples Music, owned by the rapper, adding that Oladips was dead for three days before he came back to life.

He said, “I don’t know how to say this. It was a misinterpretation with the manager who has access to Oladips’ page. We all thought he was dead because he was not breathing until the third day when he was revived. By then, the manager had already shared the story.

“Even I could not reach him until the third day.”

Asked where the rapper was for the three days, Abdulrasheed responded, ”He was with his family.”

Abdulrasheed also revealed that the music outfit has since sacked the manager, whose identity he did not disclose.

“You are speaking with the right person in the label. The manager who shared the story has since been sacked. Oladips will soon address everyone on the issue,” Abdulrasheed added.

Oladips launched his label, Dipsciples Music, after his exit in 2019, from LRR/Edge Records, owned by Nigerian rapper Remilekun Safaru, aka Reminisce.

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Etim Effiong reveals why actresses in Nollywood don’t beg for money online




Etim Effiong says his female colleagues in Nollywood do not publicly solicit financial assistance.

In a recent episode of the Bahd And Boujee Podcast, Effiong was asked why actors come online to seek aid.

In response, the actor said men are traditionally responsible for addressing women’s issues.

He highlighted society’s expectation for men to resolve their challenges independently.

Effiong added that when a man faces problems beyond his ability to solve, it forces him to turn to the world for aid.

“Traditionally, in society, women have been largely men’s responsibility,” the actor said.

“So whenever there is a problem with the woman, men are quick to rise to the occasion and meet that need.

“Whatever culture you come from in Nigeria, it would be taboo to the men when the women in that culture have a problem and the men are not solving it.

“So, if you flip that, the converse of that is when the men have issues, the men need to solve the issues. Women are not going to rise to solve the issues for men largely. Men have to sort themselves out.

“And when a man reaches a point where he can not solve his problems, he is not going to go to a woman, he is going to go to the world and be like, ‘Guys, I have reached my limit. I cannot help myself, come help me.’”

Etim Effiong, alongside Kenya’s Sarah Hassan and Catherine Kamau Karanja, showcased his talent in the 2019 film ‘Plan B’.

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Spotify sets to sack 17% staff members




Music streaming giant Spotify said today it will reduce the number of its employees by around 17% in a bid to cut costs amid “dramatically” slower economic growth.

Spotify in October posted a rare quarterly operating profit of 32 million euros, compared to a loss of 228 million for the same period a year earlier, on the back of 26% growth in active users for the third quarter.

“I realise that for many, a reduction of this size will feel surprisingly large given the recent positive earnings report and our performance,” chief executive Daniel Ek wrote in a letter to employees, which was seen by AFP.

He said that in 2020 and 2021, the company “took advantage of the opportunity presented by lower-cost capital and invested significantly in team expansion, content enhancement, marketing and new verticals.”

“However, we now find ourselves in a very different environment. And despite our efforts to reduce costs this past year, our cost structure for where we need to be is still too big.”

Spotify has invested heavily since its launch to fuel growth with expansions into new markets and, in later years, exclusive content such as podcasts.

It has invested over one billion dollars into podcasts alone.

In 2017, the company had around 3,000 staff members, more than tripling the figure to around 9,800 at the end of 2022.

The company has never posted a full-year net profit and only occasionally quarterly profits despite its success in the online music market.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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