Keshinro Ololade, otherwise known as Lil Kesh could be in some really big trouble according to industry veteran, Busola Oke, aka Eleyele
According to Oke, Lil Kesh stole her intellectual property when he used aspects of her song, Eleyele, in his own song, Undertaker, which was released in February.
She spoke to the Punch, and in that interview she claimed that he had called her and then her lawyer, and even after being told not to use the song, still went ahead to use it.
She said: “His manager called me and told me they wanted to use my song and I told them I didn’t understand. I told them that they should discuss whatever they wanted with my lawyer. Later, my lawyer told me that they had called him and that he told them not to use the song. A week later, Lil Kesh’s song was released. I think they had already used the song before they called us. We have been trying to reach him since then. My lawyer wrote to them stating that we were ready to go to court, but we couldn’t find his office address; so, we had to post the letter on social media. Maybe he thinks I’m an illiterate that cannot do anything.”
She also expressed dismay at the blatant disrespect IP receives in the entertainment industry nowadays and said that Lil Kesh would prove a scapegoat to detract others from pulling the same stunt.
“I feel very bad about it because it is getting too common. I think that’s what is in vogue now. But I’m going to end it. I will use Lil Kesh as a scapegoat; I will accept nothing but justice. He will meet me in court.” she said.
Intellectual property wars between the ‘old school’ musicians and the ‘cool kid’ musicians aren’t uncommon. In 2017, Majek Fashek accused West African Idols winner Timi Dakolo of stealing his song. The case sort of disappeared, but it’ll be interesting to see how this case pans out.
Nollywoodalive promises to keep you posted as the story unfolds.