Cassper Nyovest during his Fill Up FNB Stadium concert last year. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest Is Taking Legal Action Against Benny Mayengani Over #FillUp Trademark

The rapper claims #FillUp is his trademark.

South African rapper Cassper Nyovest isn't too happy that Tsonga music star Benny Mayengani hosted a show named Fill Up Giyani Stadium last weekend. Nyovest feels Mayengani bit his idea. The rapper has been hosting a series of Fill Up concerts; Fill Up The Dome, Fill Up Orlando Stadium and Fill Up FNB Stadium in the past three years.

Nyovest's manager Lerato "TLee" Moiloa told Sowetan that the rapper trademarked the #FillUp franchise and that they have approached a legal team to deal with Mayengani.

"[Cassper Nyovest] spent so many millions building the #FillUp brand, now you want to come and eat from it, and if he does anything about it, he is being a bully or victimizing people," TLee was quoted by Sowetan as saying. "If you don't have permission then you are infringing his copyrights and there are legal implications."

TLee told the newspaper that he did contact the organizer of Fill Up Giyani Stadium, Howard Mushava of Shilubani Holdings, three weeks ago.

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"He got a call from me three weeks ago and I was so kind and said it's great that (Fill Up) is inspiring people to do a similar thing, but you can't just create your own chicken in Soweto or where ever, and call it KFC, it's copyright infringement," TLee said.

"Why is it that somebody can just come and steal a black child's idea, and it's okay, we just have to accept it, and if we do something about it legally then we are getting smacks? It's amazing that it's inspiring but it should inspire you to do your own thing and not steal."

Mashava said he did his research a few months back and learned that the idea wasn't trademarked by anyone.

He was quoted as saying, "I checked that word before we started with this concert to check if it's registered. This thing was not actually started by him, it was started by Black Coffee."

Mayengani is preparing to fill up Peter Mokaba Stadium in December, the same month Cassper Nyovest is filling up Moses Mabhida Stadium.

We aren't really sure what to make of this one. It's rich coming from a rapper who has bitten a lot of other people's work—from music videos to songs.

Revisit our coverage of Cassper Nyovest's Fill Up FNB Stadium here.

Photo by KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Image

#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.

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