Nigerian designer, Ugo Monye has called out the producers of 2021 American comedy film, ‘Coming 2 America’ for replicating his design in the movie without authorisation.
According to the popular Nigerian designer, his registered “Reale Design” was reproduced and featured in the movie without his permission.
Ugo Monye has now taken to his official Instagram page to issue a commercial notice on the infringement.
The statement reads,
“COMMERCIAL NOTICE OF THE INFRINGEMENT OF THE REALE DESIGN OWNED BY UGO MONYE LIMITED IN THE MOVIE, COMING 2 AMERICA
“The Reale Design has been registered at the Patents and Design registry in Nigeria.
“It features a kimono and less bulky concept of the Nigerian agbada attire and was first showcased on November 19, 2017.”
UML has sold a significant number of the Reale collection in various other countries and has showcased the same at various fashion weeks and runways.
“All our brands and designs including (the Reale Design) and creations are protected by the Copyright Act, Trademark Act and other Nigerian penal laws and international treaties.
“It has come to our attention that our registered Reale Design was reproduced and registered in the movie Coming to America 2 without UML’s authorisation.”
It can be racalled that popular media personality, Ebuka, broke the internet in 2017 when he rocked the Ugo Monye’s deconstructed “Agbada” design to Banky W and Adesua’s wedding.
See the statement below,