I was talking only yesterday night to Jennifer and Onyinye about plagiarism and how it is the fastest route to be deported in civilised societies. Walahi, if you want to return to your country and you don’t have transport, let me give you free advice and you can thank me later: plagiarise and ensure you get caught. The only thing I will add to that one is that no (reputable) university in the western world would look at your application to study, teach or affiliated with them in any capacity. Except maybe as a cleaner or one of those other odd positions. Well, that one too na job, no be so? Na you know.
Anyways, this morning here we are and my dear uncle/friend/biggest brother Chuma has one more tale for the road: of plagiarism of a high order. Haba na, some people should borrow sense small. So, the gist is that a certain new movie, MR PRESIDENT written and directed by BRIGHT WONDER plagiarised Chuma’s short story, ‘The Ten Commandments of Nigerian Politics.’ In Africa, people’s names often portend their future or somehow they get to live lives similar to their names directly or indirectly… Walahi, this oga is a bright wonder! And to think that Chuma has been advocating the #BribeCode project which seeks to end grand corruption while there is grand corruption playing ten-ten in his backyard.
As writers, we have had our works reproduced by pirates with impunity digitally and even in print. Now, they have follow movie to join the theft… Na wa o. Na which kain life be dis?
PLEASE read Chuma’s post HERE that explains this theft far more. To think that they didn’t even manage to sneak in his name somewhere at least to say ‘Oga, we never settle you but we acknowledge you’…
Later, we will say it is only government that has wahala and that AEPB this and that. Are you not also a worse barawo? (I am still vexing on that issue and we should still shout at those evil people o. I am not cutting them slack even small sef)
Sha sha, let me not conclude, it is possible that the God of creativity that visited Chuma visited the Bright Wonder with the same exact words. Who knows? Maybe his lawyer will show the evidence or just maybe, some indictment or settlement will teach a valuable lesson that we should be careful and more respectful of people’s intellectual property.
Las las sha, always remember the eleventh commandment…or better still, don’t be naughty.