Lawmakers in the House of Representatives has summoned singer Azeez Fashola, known by his stage name Naira Marley, to appear before it over the musical rights of the late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
Mohbad died in September 2023 in controversial circumstances. He was a former signee in Naira Marley’s record label, Marlian Records.
The House Committee on Justice, Youth and Legislative Compliance also invited Mohbad’s manager, Jiggy Adeoye, to appear on October 31.
The summons came after a motion was moved by Babajimi Benson, the lawmaker representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Lagos State. Benson emphasized the need to review the laws governing the entertainment industry in a bid to safeguard artists’ copyrights and royalties.
The House resolution is part of efforts to address concerns surrounding the works of the late singer and ensure that his rights are upheld. It is also a reminder of the importance of protecting artists’ rights in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
The summons of Naira Marley and Mohbad’s manager is a significant development in the Nigerian music industry. It comes at a time when there is growing concern about protecting artists’ rights and royalties.
The Nigerian Copyright Act was enacted in 1988, but it is widely seen as outdated and needing reform. The law does not adequately address the challenges artists face in the digital age, and it is often difficult for artists to enforce their rights.
The House Committee on Justice, Youth and Legislative Compliance is expected to review the Copyright Act and make recommendations for reform. The summons of Naira Marley and Mohbad’s manager is a sign that the committee is taking the issue seriously.
The outcome of the House committee’s review could have a significant impact on the Nigerian music industry. If the Copyright Act is reformed to protect artists’ rights better, it could help to boost the industry’s growth and development.