24 June 2007

Nigeria: Did the Zeb Ejiro And Ibinabo Love Story in Phillipine Turn Sour?

Lagos — Ibinabo Fiberisima, one time beauty queen and owner of the franchise of Miss Earth Beauty Pageant in Nigeria, is currently dancing to the igida music with ace Nollywood producer, Zed Ejiro over the right of his movie, A Night in the Phillipines which was sold to, M-net,, and transmitted on African Magic.

The movie which was shot in the Phillipine started when Amarachi, an actress and a model, went there to represent Nigeria at the contest. Ibinabo thought it would be wise to use Phillipine as location. The movie in which Desmond Elliot played a lead role is instructive and inspiring.

In real life, Zeb and Ibinabo have been good friends for decades. The latter has variously starred in some of the former's movies. This has also attracted public attention to their private life as Ibinabo is no stranger to the threshold of Zeb's office Thus the fact that Zeb's name appeared as the producer should no more be news to film makers.

But the recent controversy over the rightful owner of the film is now an issue. This is currently generating a new row in the film industry. Glitterati learnt that this is being peddled by some cliques in the industry.

Ibinabo claimed that she produced the films and obtained a copyright cerficate, establishing the fact that she hired Zeb Ejiro to produce and direct the movie. "Zeb Ejiro cannot sell my movie without my consent," Ibinabo stated.

While some of their colleagues feel sad about this development, Zeb, a renowned film maker, has promised to send out press releases this week on the issue. Already, their fans across the world are waiting with keen interest to unravel the true position of the story.

When Glitterati contacted Zeb, he simply said "I will make my position known to the public before this week runs out."

Mnet, which bought the film, told Glitterati that it has criteria in place. It said it bought the film from the producers who produced documents to back up their claims of ownership. The big question now is: who owns the movie, A Night in the Phillistine? Both Zeb and Ibinabo are yet to present their copyright ownership. However, Glitterati gathered that all parties would speak on the controversies surrounding the film before this week runs out.

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