Ruggedman Writes Open Letter To FG Over Plan To Stop Music Production Abroad «



Ruggedman Writes An Open Letter To The FG Over Plan To
Stop Movies & Music Videos Shoots Abroad
The wagons are circling and make no mistake, Nigerian
celebrities are not with Federal Government on this Dracula
plan to stop local movies and music production abroad.
Charley boy said his, the Okoye’s has said theirs and now
Ruggedy Baba wants to advice FG.
Rapper, Ruggedman writes an open letter to the government
after Lai Mohammed announced plans of the Federal
Government to impose a ban on shooting music videos and
local movies outside Nigeria and their reasons for coming up
with such decision.
The rapper chose a different part. Instead of slamming the
federal government over their plans like out celebrities has
done, Ruggedman has chosen to highlight reasons why the
move is not only wrong but totally out of place.
His letter reads as follow…
Sir,
You can not privatise what you do not own or have control
over.
Meet with real Nigerian entertainment stake holders and not
people who have milked our entertainers with their platforms.
Meet with the real stakeholders and discuss the way forward.
Discuss how the Federal government can get involved with the
Nigerian creative industry the right way.
It is wrong to try to bully your way into the Nigerian
entertainment industry you did nothing to help build.
It is absurd to say you will ban entertainers from shooting
music videos or movies abroad. Your reason being that we go
there to enrich their economy with Nigerian’s money.
Not while government officials have their children schooling
abroad.
Not while government officials all go abroad for medical
treatment and vacations .
Not while government officials continue to import bullet proof
cars that are not made in Nigeria.
All these amount to billions of Nigeria’s money being spent
abroad.
IF YOU WANT ENTERTAINERS TO STOP GOING ABROAD TO
SHOOT MUSIC VIDEOS AND MOVIES, THEN GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS SHOULD STOP GOING ABROAD FOR
HOSPITALS,VACATIONS AND SCHOOLS.
WE CAN USE ALL THOSE BILLIONS SPENT IN FUNDING
FOREIGN ECONOMIES TO EQUIP OUR SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS
AND OTHER PARASTATALS.
They are our leaders and so have to lead by example
Trying to ban private owned businesses (entertainers) from
doing part of their business abroad will go against the
democracy your party preaches.
THINGS YOU NEED TO DO:
1. First of all, shelve the talk of banning entertainers working
abroad. It is not what the creative industry needs from the
government and it is a terrible look for you. Nobody likes a
bully.
2. NO STRUCTURE MEANS NO ALTERNATIVE:
Since we do not have a proper structure yet, put a hold on
your $1m venture capital for the creative industry.
You say the money is seed money for young and talented
Nigerians to set up businesses in the industry. How do you
know the young and talented ones if you do not work with the
registered Music and Movie bodies?
You will only be enriching a few and wasting money our
country needs.
So you need to help the existing Music and Movie unions set
up a proper structure that can be monitored before you talk
about giving money out.
Money is needed, but a structure is needed more urgently.
3. PMAN AND AGN VISITED YOU
I for one know that The President of the Performing Musicians
Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN ) Mr Pretty Okafor
and the President of the Actors Guild Of Nigeria ( AGN ) Mr
Emeka Ike along with a few executives met with you in Abuja
and discussed a beautiful plan to put a proper structure in
place for Nigeria’s creative industry.
One of the plans that was discussed with you was a
conference tagged “Creative Industry Summit” and I see you
were involved in a similar event recently tagged “Creative
Industry Financing conference”.
We are surprised that nobody from the movie or music
industry was present to speak at a conference for the
‘’CREATIVE INDUSTRY’’.
Sir, the stakeholders who spoke ath the just concluded
Creative Industry Financing conference are not Nigerian
veteran musicians or Nigerian record label owners. Neither are
they from the Nigerian movie industry.
4. DISCUSS WITH ENTERTAINMENT STAKEHOLDERS 1ST,
BEFORE BUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS.
We did not see the likes of Kenny Ogungbe “Kennis Music” ,
Tade Ogidan, Obi Asika “Storm Records”, Tunde Kilani, or
Eldee “Trybe Records”.
These are some of the people who suffered and played great
parts in building our Nigerian music and movie industry.
But the men at the Creative Industry Financing conferenceare
you were part of are individuals who schooled “abroad” and
own platforms that have made and are still making money
using Nigerian entertainment.
But most of the artists whose works they deal in do not have
half the money these men have made with our interlectual
properties.
Sir, these intelligent businessmen can be in an advisory board
to help build a structure to enrich both the owners of the
intellectual properties and the Nigerian economy.
4. Revisit the plans the new PMAN president Pretty Okafor
discussed with you when he and some executives met with
you in Abuja some months back. Plans which involve setting
up a proper structure to encode and barcode all intellectual
materials by Nigerians.
WE NEED POLICIES TO
5. GET RADIO AND TV STATIONS TO PAY ARTISTS
ROYALTY:
For years, Nigerian radio and television stations have amassed
billions of Nigeria from using Nigerian artists hard work
without paying the artists. This is where you can come in and
set up a policy that will make sure they start paying artists
whose work they use.
They already make a lot of money from adverts placed by
companies.
Sir, this move will be a ground breaking one in the Nigerian
entertainment industry and it will be to your credit.
6. STOP TELECOM COMPANIES TAKING 70% OF ARTISTS
MONEY:
Sit quietly with REAL Nigerian entertainment stakeholders and
discuss the way forward. Not with individuals who have milked
entertainers through their platforms for their personal gains.
Especially the TELCOS.
TELCOS sell our songs/ringtones and take 70% while the
owner of the work gets to share 30% with a content provider.
IF YOU ARE TO BAN ANYBODY, IT IS THE TELCOS WHO DO
THIS.
7. CURB PIRACY:
Follow the guidelines to curb piracy that the PMAN President
Pretty Okafor introduced to you. Which included, setting up a
task force empowered to deal with people found dealing in
pirated entertainment materials.
PMAN is the recognised parent body for Nigerian Music, just
as The AGN is to the Nigerian movie industry.
Both Presidents are veterans in their fields and are also
businessmen. So sir, they undertand both worlds.
I am an entertainer and I know a lot of what we lack and what
we need. Placing a ban on Nigerian entertainers going abroad
to shoot music videos and movies is the last thing we need
from our government.
Helping our creative industry to build a much needed structure,
thereby creating a conducive environment for both local and
foreign investors to do business is what is needed.
Lets work together to further grow and capitalize on a Nigerian
creative industry that has managed to boom without any
government policy..
Let the government make policies that will protect and expand
our creative industry to benefit the entertainers and the
Nigerian economy.
But it can not be achieved by brute force.
Or sir, you do not want them to come to Nigeria to shoot parts
of Furious 9?
Sincerely yours
Ruggedman
CHAIRMAN MEDIA PMAN
{PERFORMING MUSICIANS EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF
NIGERIA}

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