‘This market is big enough to accommodate all of us’ – Hilda Dokubo to pirates

Posted on April 28 2017 , at 10:11 am
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  • She joined other practitioners who took to Alaba market.

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As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, stakeholders in the film industry took their campaign to Alaba International Market.

Nollywood veteran, Hilda Dokubo, who was a guest speaker at the event appealed to the marketers to quit replicating the works of filmmakers without permission.

According to her, it amounts to robbing the right owners of their source of livelihood, while also keeping investors from partaking in the economic advancement of the creative sector.

Hilda Dokubo in Alaba

‘So if you ask me, what is the property that has brought us here today? In my hand is a CD; it is a property. That is because it belongs to somebody, it is someone’s investment. It is somebody’s life and wealth. It can lead to someone being alive or killed,’ she said.

Dokubo also said, ‘To those who decide to make us poor; because when you steal from us, you are actually ripping us off. Which means you have kept away investors from this business; both locally and internationally.’

Bunmi Fawole, Okey Ogunjiofor and Hilda Dokubo

She added, ‘We are all looking for international partners and treaties, so for those who pirate our work, they will kill those treaties and investment. So you are keeping partners away from us.

‘This market is big enough to accommodate all of us, if we all agree to work together. I will tell you how this stealing works; because all of you will say you do not pirate.

‘When you buy a copy and go and duplicate and give it to the boys who push them around in wheel barrows for sale, you are a thief. You are killing people,’ she added.

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