Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu has insisted that her company, EbonyLife Studios, breached no copyright laws in the making and release of her hit sex-trafficking drama, ‘Òlòtūré’.
Produced in partnership with Netflix, ‘Òlòtūré’ is the story of a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking.
Weeks after its release in October 2020, award-winning journalist Tobore Mit-Ovuorie accused the film’s producers of adapting her 2014 investigative report for news organisation Premium Times without her express permission.
In an interview with ARISE News Friday, Abudu insisted the film, which was one of the biggest Nigerian films on Netflix last year, was a “work of fiction inspired by true events.”
“This is still an ongoing debate with certain parties. Rest assured, all the rights were cleared. We were in touch with Premium Times,” Abudu said.
“It’s not one person’s story. Yes, we were inspired by the Premium Times article, but that is not the only thing that led us to doing ‘Òlòtūré.”