By Elizabeth Uwandu
The Chairperson, CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria Mr Jahman Anikulapo, has said the need for people in the creative industry to get legal platform can not be overephasied. He made this known at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with Ajumogobia&Okeke law firm to provide free professional legal advisory services for Nigerian artists and creative industry entrepreneurs , under an initiative called Arterial Nigeria Enterprise Support Programme ,ESP.
Mr Anikulapo who signed on behalf of the network thanked the management of Ajumogobia&Okeke for the confidence reposed in CORA/Arterial Network and for the recognition of the potentials of the creative industries, assured the law firm that members of the CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria would utilize the opportunity judiciously.
According to Anikolapo, “ The Subject to the terms of the MoU, Nigerian artists and creative entrepreneurs, as members of CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria, will enjoy free legal advisory on their projects and business documentation on ;Intellectual Property protection, advice in contract negotiations (exclusive of contract drafting), sponsorship, tours and agency.
“ The law firm will also assist members on pro bono basis, in trademark registration and protection, copyright notifications, brand protection and licensing. And members will be guided by the law firm, on pro bono basis, in the preparation of legal documents required for processing credit facilities with banks, especially the Bank of Industry’s facilities for the creative industries.” added CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria chairman.
Signing the MoU on behalf of the law firm, Mr Ajumogobia, SAN told CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria led by its chairperson, Mr Jahman Anikulapo that his firm was delighted in the partnership that will see the Nigerian creative industry get the needed legal backing and support to succeed.
“ I am excited to partner with CORA/Arterial Network Nigeria to provide the much needed legal backing and support for artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in their businesses.” added the former foreign ministers.
Present at the signing were CORA/Arterial Network executives such as National Coordinator Ayodele Ganiu, Treasurer Adesola Alamutu, Copyright Advocacy Group Leader Fola Martins and the secretariat’s intern Amaka Obioji.