Following weeks of mediation, pop legend/ entrepreneur/humanitarian,
Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Baba has agreed to an out-of-court
settlement with former Plantashun Boiz bandmate, Augustine Ahmedu,
also known as Blackface.
2Baba had in 2018 dragged Blackface to court for defamation of
character, following several claims made by Blackface across several
media platforms. Blackface had accused 2Baba and his manager/business
partner, Efe Omorogbe of intellectual property theft, claiming that
2Baba stole his songs “African Queen” and “Let Somebody Love You”. He
also accused the duo of blacklisting him in the industry, and
sabotaging his career.
After Blackface ignored a cease and desist request from Mr. Justin
Ige, principal at Creative Legal on behalf of Innocent Idibia and Efe
Omorogbe, the only legal option was the filing of a defamation suit
with a N50m damages claim.
Blackface’s preliminary objection was dismissed by the court in April
2019 by the Honourable Justice Oyefeso and his counterclaim was
withdrawn in October. Justice Oyefeso who then proceeded to refer the
matter to the Lagos Multi-Door Court for mediation.
The mediation process anchored by Mrs. Ronke Koku resulted in the
out-of-court settlement that was finalized on Wednesday, November 27,
Blackface submitted to apologize to 2Baba and to desist from making
any such defamatory claims in the future. His apology reads:
“Having consulted with my Solicitors, I do hereby revoke all
allegations of intellectual property theft and career sabotage
previously made against Mr. Innocent Idibia and Mr. Efe Omorogbe.
These statements were erroneously made under misapprehension as to
their accuracy, due to prevailing circumstances at the time. I have
been advised on the inaccuracy of my previous allegations and retract
I undertake to refrain from making any such subsequent statements
against the persons of Mr. Innocent Idibia and Mr. Efe Omorogbe in
2Baba and his manager, Efe Omorogbe, on their part, graciously
accepted the accepted the apology and graciously agreed not to proceed
with the N50million claim in damages against Blackface bringing to an
end, the long drawn media drama that has threatened to completely
destroy the Plantashun Boiz legacy.
Parties also agreed to work together to effect name change of
Blackface from Ahmedu Austin to Ahmedu Augustine at appropriate
2Baba noted; “I’m happy and relieved that this matter has been settled
and Efe Omorogbe and I are satisfied with the outcome. I can’t thank
family, friends and fans enough for their steadfast love and support.
Thanks also to our lawyer, Mr. Justin Ige. Blessings to one and all.
God bless Blackface too. Time to move on.”