Nollywood actress, director, and producer, Omoni Oboli has been left with no other option but to cancel the premiere of Okafor’s Law which was scheduled to hold in Lekki yesterday.
Addressing the invited guests at the IMAX Cinema, Omoni Oboli broke down in tears as she stated that the script and movie were created ‘100 %’ by her.
Recall that in September 2016, Omoni Oboli was accused of copyright infringement for the ‘Okafor’s Law’ title she gave her movie, by a Canada-based writer, Jude Idada. The Nollywood actress was also accused of stealing his story and idea for her new movie “Okafor’s Law.”
In an emotional speech in which she announced the cancellation of the event, the filmmaker said that she owns the story and script. ‘My story, my script, my film!, Omoni insisted.
Read her full speech below;
“I’m so honoured that you’re all here today, thank you so much. Thank you for honouring 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. ”
“Unfortunately, we can’t show the film. At 5pm, 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.”
“What anybody says, what anybody does, it’s all a lie. I don’t know why this is happening, I work hard. ”
“It’s a shame that anybody would want to stop this. I mean, it has been a long process, we shot this movie last year, we have gone everywhere, we have put in so much money, publicity and everything, and some people are trying to stop it. ”
“God is on the throne and it’s fine. It will all come out in the wash. This is not going to stop me, I’m going to keep pushing. ”
“I could have gone ahead to show this film today, but, I’m a law abiding citizen and I have to follow the law, unfortunately.
“I believe that it is bullying, I believe that it is abuse of the law, and we are going to take this up. ”