The House of Representatives has expressed its commitment to secure proper compensation and royalties for the late Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad, from his musical works.
Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, Olumide Osoba, representing the Abeokuta North/Odeda/Obafemi-Owode Federal Constituency of Ogun State, stated this during an interactive session on the rights and royalties of the 27-year-old rapper.
Mohbad passed away on September 12, 2023, and was buried the next day. His corpse was exhumed on September 21 by the Lagos Police for autopsy due to circumstances surrounding the death.
Speaking during the interactive session, the lawmaker representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Lagos State, Babajimi Benson, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, raised a motion of urgent public importance on Mohbad’s case.
Osoba highlighted the importance of securing compensation and royalties, stressing that payments from the sources are part of revenue streams for artists. He lamented that the prevailing system in the Nigerian musical industry does not protect musicians, particularly the up-and-coming artists, from making the most of their entitlements, particularly during disagreements with record labels.
It also said it is crucial to recognize that young musicians are often not well-informed about their rights when entering into contracts.
To this end, Osoba noted that the committee has requested the relevant information relating to Mohbad’s death and modalities to ensure his royalties and other benefits are secured.
He said, “This inadequate awareness on the part of musical artists makes it difficult to get adequate compensation for their works, particularly during disagreements with their record labels.
“Additionally, there is a need to adapt the music industry to the digital age. While digital streaming platforms have revolutionized music consumption and distribution, young musicians often struggle to earn a substantial income due to outdated royalty structures.
“Advocating for revised royalty models that accurately reflect the value of music in the streaming era is essential.”
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