A Ghana-based Nigerian artiste, Oduma Essan, has reportedly sued Kuami Eugene for allegedly plagiarizing his song.
According to reports, the singer is claiming part ownership of Kuami Eugene’s ‘Show Body’ hit song featuring Falz featured on the Son of Africa Album released on October 9.
In a suit he filed sighted by MyNewsGh.com, the singer Oduma Essan claimed he released his song with the same title, ‘Show Body’, on July 17, months before the Lynx Entertainment singer’s song was released.
The Ghana-based Nigerian artiste stated that the title of the song is not only the same as his, but there are some technical similarities between the two songs.
The artiste who is demanding Ghc120,000 in damages, told the court that among other things, Kuami Eugene plagiarised his title and also used lyrics similar to his.
Oduma Essan stated that he wore a lion inspired outfit in his video and tagged himself the Lion of Africa. Meanwhile, Kuami Eugene, he added, also wore a similar outfit tagging himself the Son of Africa.
Essan stated that Eugene’s ‘Show Body’ which was published without his consent, is “largely a reproduction and or duplication” of his original work.
The damages Oduma Essan is seeking, he stated, is coverage for video production, mixing, sound engineer, and promotion in both Ghana and Nigeria.
All about Kuami Eugene’s ‘Show Body‘
Kuami Eugene released his album ‘Son of Africa’ on October 9, 2020. The album had the song cited in the suit ‘Show Body’ in it.
Prior to the album release in October, the Lynx Entertainment artiste announced the album title ‘Son of Africa’ on March 6, and organised a press launch on March 12.
On June 17, he invited CEO of 3Music Networks, Sadiq Abdulai Abu to his studio for a preview album listening of his complete work.
Last year around this time ahead of my birthday, I got a sneak preview of Sarkodie’s #blacklove album & predicted its success. Listening to @KuamiEugene’s upcoming #SonOfAfrica album, once again I make a prediction. This will be one of the best albums this year. Anticipate. pic.twitter.com/onK5GfKcR2
— Sadiq Abdulai Abu (@sadiqabdulaiabu) June 17, 2020
On July 11, he posted pictures of his lion inspired theme as part of his photo shoot ahead of the album listening.
On August 8, Kuami Eugene posted the track list for the album.
On October 5, days before the album release, Kuami Eugene posted some pictures from the music video shoot for ‘Show Body’.
On October 9, the day of the album release, Kuami Eugene also released the music video for ‘Show Body’.