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Omoni Oboli denies committing intellectual theft against Spike Lee

14 March 2016, 16:07

Lagos - According to Omoni Oboli, her upcoming comedy movie "Wives on Strike" is nothing like Spike Lee's satirical musical drama "Chiraq."

Following the release of the official trailer of Omoni Oboli’s “Wives on Strike,” reports surfaced that the movie which is about a group of women who decide to deprive their men of sex for the sake of a cause, was copied from the Spike Lee movie, ‘Chiraq’.

The filmmaker in a statement on her website titled ‘Our People and their crab mentality’ said that the   movie concept came to her about four  years ago when she wanted to do a movie about women going on strike, but just couldn’t find a sensible reason for the strike.

Also read:WATCH: When Nigerian wives go on sex strike

She further revealed that she got to know that the women in South Sudan were suggesting a sex strike to end the war in their country after her shoot.

According to “Being Mrs Elliott” director, she heard of ‘Chiraq’ for the first time in 2015, when her  husband sent her the trailer last year. 

She went further to explain that the fact that one person presented it first does not always mean the other person copied.

According to the actress, most Nigerians are always in a hurry to diminish the importance of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feeling.

Omoni who has never met Spike Lee, stated that if she  wanted to copy a movie theme, it would be safer to go for one who isn’t as popular as Spike Lee.


- News24


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