I have always known Steph to be a very intelligent and eloquent lady but to the extent of being the writer of Dry? I had my doubts honestly. The multiple award winning movie has a very intense international standard value though narrating an African Rural Culture. The writer got brains whoever it maybe. Wishing Steph all the best and a win.
A-list Nollywood actress and producer Stephanie Okereke-Linus may soon be embroiled in a copyright infringement battle over her much acclaimed movie DRY.
She has been accused of movie script theft by lawyer and scriptwriter, Daniella Madudu who is demanding a suitable compensation of N60,000,000 (sixty Million Naira), and royalties, failing which a civil and criminal action will be taken against Stephanie Okereke-Linus and associate, Joy Ndidi.
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Information reaching us claim that the cinematography of the movie DRY allegedly has “substantial similarity” and semblance to an original work, titled ‘BEHIND HER VEIL,’ written by lawyer and scriptwriter, Daniella Madudu. This work is said to have been written as early as 2011.
According to our source, a certain Joy Ndidi, who has been a known associate of Okereke-Linus was on Miss Madudu’s team of readers and editors in 2011. And this Associate is purported to have made a copy of the script ‘BEHIND HER VEIL.’
Madudu however had no inkling of foul play until the movie DRY premiered across cinemas in Nigeria, and her attention was drawn to the uncanny similarities in the stories.
In the documents prepared by Lagos based solicitors, Rafiu Bello & co, the obviously distraught Madudu is requesting credits as owner of the original story, since a substantial part of ‘BEHIND HER VEIL’ was adapted for the movie DRY.
In addition to this, she is requesting a suitable compensation of N60,000,000 (sixty Million Naira), and royalties, failing which she has threatened civil and criminal action against Stephanie Okereke-Linus and her associate, Joy Ndidi.
Stephanie Okereke-Linus Accused of Script Theft
Meanwhile, Stephanie Okereke-Linus has yet to respond to these allegations personally or through her legal team.
When contacted on Thursday, June 1, 2017, Madudu’s lawyer said:
“We are ready to file the suit anytime from tomorrow as stated in the demand letter. We have only waited for the 14 days to lapse to offer an opportunity for Mrs. Okereke-Linus to settle the matter amicably. The ultimatum lapses today.”
Nollywood Actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus Accused Of "DRY" Script Theft
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