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Why It’s VERY BAD Advertisement For Nollywood If Omoni Oboli’s “Okafor’s Law” Opens In Cinemas Later This Month

Just before the TIFF party began last year, a serious theft allegation was brought up against Oboli by Jude Idada

Omoni Oboli‘s Okafor’s Law is scheduled to debut in cinemas across Nigeria on March 31, 2017.

Having been part of the Nollywood entourage to last year’s Toronto International Film Festival as well as making a couple of appearances in other film festivals, Okafor’s Law is no doubt one of the most anticipated films in Nollywood this year.

Okafor's Law

Recently, the actress released character posters for the film, TNS being one of the media outfits the publicity materials were sent to. But as the editor of what is no doubt the biggest Nollywood platform in the world, it was my duty to ensure that TNS did not publish those materials.

We have never requested payment to publish Nollywood film-related publicity materials, however, we hold full discretion as to what we use or don’t use. And Okafor’s Law belongs in the “don’t use” category. Now, before someone at the back screams “HATERS!!!”, here’s why.

Jude Idada
Jude Idada claims Oboli stole “Okafor’s Law” from him

Just before the TIFF party began in Canada last year, a serious theft allegation was brought up against Omoni Oboli by writer, Jude Idada. A report exclusively put out by TNS. Idada found a way to get in touch with us and granted a 45-minute long interview about how, according to him, Omoni Oboli “stole” the script of the film from him. Idada told us that he was initially contracted to do the job and the only thing Oboli had was the title of the film. He alleged that he developed the idea into a script which she eventually ran with when disagreement emerged because of availability. The writer also backed his claims with several documents which pointed towards there being a story to pursue.

Of course, as truth seekers, TNS made several efforts to reach Oboli and her camp for clarifications, responses, denials, corroborations… whatever. I personally left several voice messages, text messages and email for the actress cum producer. None of this was returned. Not only did she ignore TNS, she did not address these image-ruining allegations on any other media platform. Despite the brief uproar Idada’s statements generated on several social media platforms, mum was the only thing she kept.

Omoni Oboli
The actress/producer/director hasn’t deemed it fit to attempt to clear her name

When Idada came out with his side of the story, he claimed that his reason for not heading straight for the courts was so Nollywood did not get a bad name internationally as TIFF was only a few weeks away. Why he still hasn’t headed to court is beyond me at the moment. But let’s not distract ourselves from the fact that Oboli’s action (or lack of it) borders on arrogance and an attitude which screams “Y’all can go fuck yourselves!”

That she hasn’t been engaged on this further in the industry begs for answers to several questions. Is Oboli feared among the media? Or among most of her colleagues who have thrown nothing more than a glance at this issue? Has the industry become so free-for-all that an individual can choose to TOTALLY ignore allegations as grave as this and still stroll (with the film in question) to the premiere red carpet and of course into cinema halls around the country?

Of course, no one is saying Ndi-feem should throw sticks at her when they see her or call her a thief (when she hasn’t been proven so), why I’m currently at a loss is because there hasn’t been any form of engagement within the industry, aside from the TNS-driven ones, that will make her feel some form of responsibility to her fans/audience as per this issue. What baffles one is a quarter of the noise hasn’t been made about this one as was made in the one involving Wana Udobang and her Room 313 and Niyi Akinmolayan and his Room 315.

Even if every other sub-sector of the industry gets a free pass for their demeanour towards this issue, I’m not ready to spare the Censors Board and the cinema outlets willing to screen this movie. It wouldn’t have been too much for one or both of these important players to say, “Look, we are not saying these allegations are true but you know what? Go and clear your name first and then we can screen this film thereafter.” But considering the fact that all is quite set for Okafor’s Law to roll into cinemas in two weeks, it means the cinemas only care about making their money and the Censors Board is nothing more than a ratings bully.

Omoni Oboli


Since there has been a general let down, the only hope remains the audience. Will Nigerians be willing to boycott this film when it opens to, at least, send out a message? I sure hope, for the sake of Nollywood, they do.

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  1. Lol tbh, I am still curious about the film. So I would see it. However, I agree with you 100%. I’m actually shocked she still hasn’t said a word about the theft allegations up until now. It’s not only rude to her fans and people who care about her work but it’s staggering. Is she saying, ‘so I stole it, what will you do?’ or ‘Y’all money isn’t enough for me to bother myself with such rubbish explanation?’ She didn’t even release one statement via her publicist which she didn’t have to write by herself. Whatever the case sha, she seems unperturbed and that’s worrying. Because now, I look at her brand a different way and it’s all her fault.

  2. Segun, I thought you were more intelligent than this.
    Instead of wasting time to write this, simply bring a law suit or obtain an injunction against the public display of the movie if you or anyone else feel aggrieved about Omoni or this movie.
    Except you are bent on doing free advert for her, cause the more you write trash about the movie the more you increase peoples curiosity to watch.
    I am not a fan of Omoni, but it is becoming vexatious to see you write trash upandan – every now and then about the movie. Just bring a law suit against her and rest your case.

  3. Hi Mr Segun Odejimi,
    Let me start off by saying i’m a fan of your blog in fact this site is on of the top five sites i visit daily.
    I think you need to slow your row regarding this site as the biggest Nollywood platform in the world. Other than when your stir up controversies with some of your movies reviews and news such as this one, i really don’t see how that makes you the biggest Nollywood platform in the world.
    TNS is supposed to stand for True Nollywood Stories right? More than half the time you are drifting away from Nollywood into Hollywood and other irrelevant news. You are yet to even scratch the surface of covering Nollywood related news and you are already blowing your trumpet? I understand that news can be slow and getting content for your blog can be tedious, you need to stick with the programme which is TRUE NOLLYWOOD STORIES.
    As regards Omoni Oboli, she is wrong not to have made any statement on such grievous allegation made by Jude.
    Like the person who commented above rightly said you are only giving this movie more publicity.
    On the issue of the censors board not coming in on this matter, you must have not have proper knowledge of their functions. The Nigerian Copyright Commission is the body who should act in the case of such allegations on copyright infringement.
    However, the distribution company needs to confront her and here her side of the story before associating themselves with the movie.
    I think it is a little bit harsh on your part calling for a boycott of the movie. Well after all you are the biggest Nollywood platform in the world, lets see if your audiences will stage a boycott.
    Finally, i’m looking forward a review of Ojukokoro sometime during the week i hope?

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Written by Segun Odejimi

Apostle of Sarcasm. Writer. Editor of TNSnigeria. Producer of Segun & the Gang.

Trained as a media/theatre artist and has worked in advertising, TV and radio.