Up and coming Nigerian artiste identified as Analike Okezie also known by his stage name Yoko B has accused talented and popular Nigerian singer 2baba of stealing his song titled Amaka.
The upcoming artiste made the accusation during an interview with The Punch. He claimed that he had released his own version of his song about five months ago and he has been trying to promote it ever since then.
Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2baba had recently released a hit song titled Amaka. In the song which he featured another talented singer Peruzzi, the singer sang about a young lady named Amaka.
He talked about how she broke his heart after he made so many arrangement for a visit she later cancelled. In Yoko B’s Amaka, he also sang about Amaka who broke his heart after she claimed to love him.
In an interview with The Punch, Yoko B claimed that 2baba stole his song after he got it from the music producer Richie who produced his own version of Amaka.
He 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.”
He also revealed that he had talked to Richie about his suspicions but the producer refused to listen to him.
Yoko B said: “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.”
According to The Punch, 2baba’s manager Ege Omoregbe claimed to know nothing about the allegations after he was contacted to speak on the matter. He said: “This is the first time I’m hearing about that claim and I cannot comment on what I don’t know about.”