Popular Nigerian singer, 2Baba, has been accused of stealing his latest song “Amaka” – where he featured DMW’s Peruzzi.
An upcoming artiste, Analike Okezie, better known by the stage name Yoko B, has claimed that the prominent singer, real name Innocent Ujah Idibia, stole the concept of the song he released last month from him.
In a chat with The Punch, which was published on Sunday, Yoko B said:
“Right now, I am fed up with some of the top artistes in this country. Once they are up there, they can never help you grow. They prefer to rip you off and frustrate your hustle. The new song, Amaka, by 2baba featuring Peruzzi is my concept.”
“The song was produced by Richie, who also did the chorus of the song. Shortly after producing my song, Richie was employed by Larry Gaga and he left FESTAC Town for Lekki where he worked with 2baba.”
“My songs were still on his computer at that point. I was shocked when I discovered that they had ‘stolen’ the title, concept and message of my song. I released my version about five months ago and I have been trying to promote it with the little resources I have. I was already negotiating with Avalon Okpe to direct the video when 2baba released his version. I feel bad that they cheated me because I am an up-and-coming artiste. I want the world to know what has been done to me.”
On whether he had made his grievances known to Richie personally, Yoko B said:
“Yes, I complained to him but he didn’t say anything reasonable. He said anybody can come up with the title, Amaka. But I wonder why the concept and instrumental of the songs are so similar if something isn’t fishy.”
“I am sure that somehow, 2baba must have heard the song. To cover their tracks, 2baba’s version was produced by another producer, Sperochbeatz, but they all work in the same studio.”