The issue of piracy has been a long-standing battle that the entertainment industry has had to face with many entertainers constantly coming out to social media to lament about their works being pirated by the unrepentant pirates.
Nigerian musician and actor, Banky W recently took a fan back to school to read him the harsh implication of piracy on an artist’s work and creativity.
This was following a post by the entertainer about the movie, Up North, in which he stars as the lead character now being available on Netflix.
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I’m really proud of the work we did in #upnorththefilm… Despite being underrated at the time, somehow we made it into the top 10 highest grossing Nollywood films of all time – proof that movies with a message can work in Nigeria. Thankfully, now people all over the world can see it too. Alongside other incredibly successful Nigerian films like #kingofboysmovie, the wedding party 2, and Lionheart, you can catch #upnorthonnetflix from Friday October 18th. Pls tell a friend to tell a friend. @topeoshinfilm @editieffiong @nazonuzo @zvlv @ibrahimsuleimanofficial @rahamasadau @msjazzyfied @visualsbyuche @anaklefilms @inkblotpresents 🕺🏽🕺🏽😁😁🙌🏽🙌🏽❤❤
Following the social media post by the music star, a follower who also happens to be an upcoming musician boasted in the comment section that he already has the movie on his phone while adding laugh emojis at the end of his response.
Reacting to comment, the multiple award-winning musician who is also now a politician replied by telling him to do unto others as he’d have them do to him. He further prayed for him that no one pirates his song after he has put in the work.
In his words;
You laugh but I pray no one bootlegs the music you are trying to sell and use to make a living, the way you contributed to pirating our work.
Do unto others as you’d have them do to you.
The issue of piracy has been a problem in the movie industry for a long time and we all know it robs creatives of a chance to reap the fruits of their labour.
Let’s hope the young man who is also a fellow creative will do better next time.
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