Sultry Nollywood actress, Omoni Oboli has halted the premiere and release of her much-anticipated movie ,’Okafor’s Law’ after she was served a court injunction suspending its screening.
The court proceeding was brought by Canada-based writer, Jude Idada who accused Oboli of copyright infringement for the Okafor’s Law title she gave her movie.
Idada prosecuted Oboli for allegedly stealing the story and idea for her new movie from him and also accused of copying his idea for the first movie she directed, “Being Mrs. Elliot”.
The movie was scheduled to premiere on March 24, 2017, at IMAX Cinema, Lekki Phase 1.
Commenting amidst tears, Oboli said: “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.”
The plot of the film is quite interesting. Okafor’s Law states that once a man has had a woman, he can have her again at any time, and a believer in the law puts it to a test with past girlfriends over a 21-day period in the movie.
Written by Damilola Faustino