Burna Boy accused in fresh plagiarism controversy.

Damini Ogulu, whose stage name is Burna Boy has been accused of art theft and ‘disregard for intellectual property’.

 

Celestine Ezeokoye, an entrepreneur and software engineer made this known on his twitter page on Tuesday, 22nd November before putting it up on his blog on Friday, November 25th.

 

Ezeokoye, who expressed his displeasure over what he calls “disregard for intellectual property” explained how Burna Boy came by his studio and how the piece of art was stolen.

 

“On the 31st of October (which happened to be Anthony’s birthday), he got home and announced to me that he got a phone call from Burna. Burna requested that his (nascent) graphics/animation company Insecta Studio, create materials (branding and stage animation) for his next performance.

 

“The performance turned out to be at Essence Festival in South Africa (Anthony didn’t even know this then). I was excited for him and his team.

 

“One discussion after another, he informed me that they had done a sketch for the proposal and Burna’s people liked it. Then that they had sent out the proposal and bill, and waiting for response.

 

“Then that Burna’s people say that they want to “pay” with publicity and free show. Then they replied that they (Insecta Studios) don’t do pro-bono, because they pay bills. Then that Burna’s people aren’t responding anymore”, Ezeokoye explained.

 

According to Ezeokoye, Burna Boy and his management stopped contacting Insecta Studios after they received the proposal.

 

It was however bewildering for Ezeokoye when the design was put up by Burna Boy and his Management for his branding.

 

“We took it that they had decided that they aren’t going to use Insecta Studios anymore, so Insecta looked elsewhere for business.

 

“Then suddenly, we discovered that the artwork that was sent to them as a sample sketch was actually used at Essence Festival and it is being fully used for ALL of Burna Boy’s branding/social media without concluding and paying a dime to the artist”, he wrote.

 

Ezeokoye further said that the studio would take legal actions against Burna Boy for plagiarizing Insecta Studios art work.

 

Nothing has been heard from Burna Boy since the miff started. However, this would not be the first time Burna Boy would be caught up in a controversy. In fact, his name has been synonymous with several scandals for sometime now.

 

Just recently during a concert in Enugu, Burna Boy reportedly attacked a fan who tried to steal his shoes by stepping on his hand while on stage.

 

That would only be the beginning of the wild night for the lad as he was, again, reported to have ordered his bouncers to beat up a male fan at his hotel by 3am.

 

Barely months ago, his last controversy involved a woman who claimed she was pregnant for Burna’s child.

“I Don’t Get Awards Because Of Politics In The Industry” – Burna Boy

Burna boy, has opened up on why he does not consider himself a part of the Nigerian music industry.According to him,there is too much politics.
Speaking to The Fader magazine, he said:

He said, “It’s political, man. To be honest, I don’t really feel like I’m a part of the industry. Check out awards, I don’t get awards because the powers that be don’t really like me. I’m not like everyone else; I won’t do what everyone else does. They don’t like
it.Everything is really political, too much politics in the industry and I’m not a very good politician.
So I don’t really involve myself in all that. I just drop hit songs, and my fan base keeps increasing.“If I was a part of the industry then I wouldn’t have shit today. Think about it. It would just be one of the songs you hear in the club and then that’s it.“But right now, you see, I don’t have the most Twitter followers or the most Instagram numbers or whatever, but the things that I do the people with one million followers can’t do it.”

Burna Boy Not Happy He Wasn’t Nominated For MAMA 2015 Awards

His attitude gets to me sometimes (like when he threatens to beat up bloggers) but I think Burnaboy is one of the few raw talents we have in Nigeria and deserves to be nominated. Oh well…
Davido, Wizkid, Phyno, Yemi Alade were all nominated as Nigerians dominated 11 categories in the 2015 MAMA awards. See full list of nominees after the cut…(it was released tonight)

See the full list  of Nominees below:

MAMA 2015 NOMINEES IN FULL:

Best Male

AKA (South Africa)

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female

Bucie (South Africa)

Busiswa (South Africa)

Seyi Shay (Nigeria)

Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best Group

B4 (Angola)

Beatenberg (South Africa)

Black Motion (South Africa)

P-Square (Nigeria)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act Transformed by Absolut

Anna Joyce (Angola)

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Duncan (South Africa)

Patoranking (Nigeria)

Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Best Hip Hop

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

K.O. (South Africa)

Phyno (Nigeria)

Olamide (Nigeria)

Youssoupha (DRC)

Best Collaboration

AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)

Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: “The Sound” (Nigeria/SA)

Diamond & Iyanya: “Bum Bum” (Kenya/Nigeria)

Toofan & DJ Arafat: “Apero Remix” (Togo/Ivory Coast)

Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: “Njama Njama Cow Remix” (Cameroon/Ghana)

Song of the Year

Cassper Nyovest: “Doc Shebeleza” (South Africa)

Euphonik featuring Mpumi: “Busa” (South Africa)

DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: “Call Out” (South Africa)

K.O featuring Kid X: “Caracara” (South Africa)

Lil Kesh Featuring Olamide & Davido: “Shoki Remix” (Nigeria)

Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)

Sauti Sol: “Sura Yako” (Kenya)

Toofan: “Gweta” (Togo)

Wizkid: “Show You The Money” (Nigeria)

Yemi Alade: “Johnny” (Nigeria)

Best Live

Big Nuz (South Africa)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Flavour (Nigeria)

Mi Casa (South Africa)

Toofan (Togo)

Video of the Year

“Crazy” – Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid; Director: Meji Alabi

“Doors” – Prime Circle; Director: Ryan Kruger

“Love You Everyday” – Bebe Cool; Director: Clarence Peters

“Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw

“The Sound” – Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz; Director: Sesan

Best Pop & Alternative

Fuse ODG (Ghana)

Jeremy Loops (South Africa)

Jimmy Nevis (South Africa)

Nneka (Nigeria)

Prime Circle (South Africa)

Best Francophone

DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)

Jovi (Cameroon)

Laurette Le Pearle (DRC)

Tour 2 Garde (Ivory Coast)

Toofan (Togo)

Best Lusophone

Ary (Angola)

B4 (Angola)

Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)

NGA (Angola)

Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

Personality of the Year

Basketmouth (Nigeria)

Bonang Matheba (South Africa)

OC Ukeje (Nigeria)

Trevor Noah (South Africa)

Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)