The House of Representatives has called upon the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) to develop strategies for safeguarding the music rights of the late singer Mohbad.
This decision came in response to a motion raised by Babajimi Benson, who emphasized the need to monitor the ongoing investigation into the cause of Mohbad’s death and protect his artistic legacy.
“Most of the proceeds of the late artist are still going to the Marlian Music Group, and there have been no moves from any agency to protect the Estate of the late singer who is currently the 46th best-selling digital artiste in the world,” he said.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the House. Mohbad, who had previously been signed to Marlian Records owned by Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, left the label in 2022 due to various grievances, including unpaid royalties.
Despite being the 46th best-selling digital artist in the world, a significant portion of the late artist’s earnings continues to go to the Marlian Music Group, with no apparent efforts to protect his estate.
To address the concerns raised and protect the interests of music artists in Nigeria, the House of Representatives has directed the Committees on Justice and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution.
These committees will play a crucial role in overseeing the implementation of measures to safeguard the rights and royalties of artists, preventing predatory practices by record labels.
The news of the House of Representatives taking action to protect Mohbad’s music rights has sparked significant reactions from netizens.
@stellzsignature reacted: “You can’t tell me nothing! This guy is immortal!”
@deltafood.ng said: “IMOLE a special kind of spirit!”
@doc_bashy commented: “They should make sure shi shi doesn’t go to that Marlian group whatever.”
@oyindamolami_xo said: “Actions! Imole can’t die in vain! Thank you Mr Benson!”