When you talk about comedy business in Nigeria, one name that will certainly pop in your head is Ayo Makun, popularly called AY, the Comedian.
However, news just reaching us indicates that the “30 Days In Atlanta” producer is furious and as just written an open letter to the inspector General Of Police (IGP), Mr. Suleiman Abba threatening on the pirating of his new movie.
AY has urged the IGP to use the machinery at his disposal to identify and arrest those involved in the despicable act.
The comedian, who made the copy of the letter available to newsmen, said that he had already put some measures in place to curtail the activities of the intruders, but all to no avail. He said that he had contacted the licensed distributors of the movie, Silverbird Film Distribution; the Director General of the National Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr Afam Ezekude and Ahbu ventures of Alaba market.
“I have always heard of the risk faced by honest producers and loss of revenue due to the activities of the incessant piracy cabals operating freely, without fear of the law in Nigeria.“And within the past few weeks, this has been my experience as I heard of the leak of my movie to various nefarious elements.
“No more should a miscreant be celebrated or allowed to rape intellectual properties of honest hardworking citizens with impunity, while the owners of the property looks on helplessly. “No more should movie producers and other intellectual property owners’ scramble to make the little they can, before the ‘Alaba boys’ get their hands on the content.
The movie, shot both in Nigeria and Atlanta, US, premiered in the country on Oct. 30, 2014 and has since become the highest earning Nigerian movie at the Box Office, with reported gate takings of more than N100 million.