The battle between dance-hall singer, Cynthia Morgan, and her erstwhile boss, Jude Okoye which many thought was a thing of the past, is far from over as the artiste has now taken legal action against him.
Cynthia Morgan now known as Madrina, took Okoye to court over the accountability of her intellectual property during their time together.
In a court document filed before the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos; dated November 26, 2020, the German Juice singer demanded a full account of income and expenditure from her intellectual property by the defendant, Northside Entertainment Limited, owned by Jude Okoye.
The court papers read in part; “It was agreed that the compensation due to the plaintiff would be withheld by the defendant’s company until they were able to reimburse themselves for the expenses incurred in the promotion of the plaintiff.”
According to the agreement stated above, Cynthia Morgan will not be paid till Okoye recovers all the money he spent on promoting her craft.
However, the musician claimed that since signing a contract with Northside Ent on 25th September 2013, Jude had spent about 8.5 million naira on her.
This includes rent payment of N1.5million; acquisition of a 2012 Range Rover car worth about N6m; and car maintenance which cost N1m, excluding the cost of ten music videos (which the figure was not stated).
She also expressed dissatisfaction about her former label boss’ accounts on the profits he claimed to have made from her intellectual property.
She added that “all her requests (for the documents) have been met with vague and ambiguous rebuttals” despite Okoye’s claim that she still owes Northside Entertainment.
However, the Bad Girl Special singer argued that she “achieved unprecedented success as Nigeria’s pioneer female dancehall artist,” which suggests that she has made more than Okoye declared and “disputes the defendant’s assertion that he has not recovered the investment outlay”; that is, how much was spent on the singer.
As such, She is demanding full payments of any amount owed if the court finds Okoye guilty after looking through the account statements during trial.
As stated in the court document, Cynthia Morgan is demanding:
An order mandating the defendant to furnish the plaintiff with complete accounts including but not limited to all profits, expenses, royalties under any head whatsoever, due and accruing from the contract between parties dated September 25th 2013.
A CONSEQUENTIAL ORDER directing that the Defendant pay to the PLAINTIFF, all outstanding moneys found to be due to her upon taking of the accounts including but not limited to royalties, fees, honoraria of any kind whatsoever from the date of the first infringement till date.
PRE-JUDGEMENT INTEREST at the rate of 20% PER ANNUM from the date of the first infringement.
POST-JUDGEMENT INTERESTS At the rate of the 10% PER ANNUM from the date of the judgement until full liquidation.