Coming 2 America: Ugo Monye claims his famous 'Ebuka agbada' was copied, used in movie

Coming 2 America: Ugo Monye claims his famous 'Ebuka agbada' was copied, used in movie

- Nigerian fashion designer, Ugo Monye, took to Instagram to share photos of some costumes from Coming 2 America which had some actors in agbada

- Monye who placed it side by side with a photo of his own agbada design, stated that even though patented, his work was replicated and used in the movie

- Recall in 2017, the agbada had become famous after media personality, Ebuka rocked it for Banky W and Adesua's wedding

- Several internet users have since reacted to the post with some advising him to sue

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Nigerian fashion designer, Ugo Monye, has reacted to some costumes used for the much-talked about movie, Coming 2 America.

Taking to his Instagram page, Monye shared photos from some scenes in the movie in which two characters are seen in dark-brown agbadas.

The designer who shared it in a colour with a photo of his own design stated that his design - which is patented - was replicated and used for the movie.

It appears it was done without his permission as he tagged the costume designer, Ruth Carter, on the post.

He wrote:

"Our patent (2017) Reale design a.k.a Ebuka Agbada replicated and featured in #comingtoamerica."

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The agbada design became famous after media personality, Ebuka showed up for Banky W and Adesua Etomi's wedding in a purple version, causing quite a buzz on social media.

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Monye taking out a patent on his design means he alone has the licence which confers him the right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention.

The implications of his design being used for the movie without his permission has caused reactions online.

Replicate of Ebuka's famous agbada used in Coming 2 America, designer reacts
Several people have reacted to his claim. Photo credit: @ugomonye
Source: Instagram

Below are some comments:


"If Na inside Yoruba film dem wear this cloth u go sue...don’t let us start unnecessary war, take it as ur contribution to the industry."


"They copied the recipe but the soup can never taste the same, your designs are always unique Sir."


"I wonder why they didn’t just work with you. Lazy."


"Press charges @ugomonye.official if this is patent to you then don't sleep on it! Your creativity is your wealth."


"Designers copy each other all the time, some add a little twist to the replica, others aren't creative enough to do so. You should be flattered."

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There were people who thought that the main actual shoot was filmed somewhere in Africa.

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Kumashe Yaakugh is a journalist with three years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Benue State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Kumashe is an entertainment and lifestyle editor reporting mostly on entertainment and human interest stories. When she isn't working, Kumashe uses her spare time to read about historical events, music and cultures around the world. Learn more about her on Twitter @kvmashe


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