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A graphic designer, Louisa Ejenavbo has called out veteran Nollywood actor Ramsey Noah for allegedly using her logo for his movie ‘Living in Bondage’ which he made his directorial debut in, without paying for it.

Louisa Ejenavbo took to Twitter using the handle @Louisajlo to narrate how she got the job with Ramsey Nouah and how longshe has not been paid despite using her design works in the movie. She narrated how she was contacted to do some designs for the movie which she was later told were rejected. She admitted that she did not sign any contract after she was contacted for the job in 2018.

She narrated;

Dear Twitter, I said I will make a thread. So I will. In 2018, I was contacted to work as the graphic designer for the ‘Living in Bondage’ movie. I was very excited as I had never been on a big project like that before hence I knew nothing and did nothing related to paperwork.

I just accepted the job and started working straight away. The only thing I remember requesting was a down payment. But the then media director pleaded that the budget was yet to be approved but I should not worry. As soon as it is. He will avail me some funds towards my charge.

I agreed, and continued working. I had a full time job so I would from work go to the hotel where the crew members were lodging to work. There I saw Ramsey Nouah who was the director of the film. I was given a long list of things I would need to design but there was no brief.

I started designing majority of the graphics from scratch using only my initiative. They wanted a cult symbol, company logos, a blog page design, an Instagram page for Nnamdi, a photoshop of him in NYSC uniform, custom license plates and a lot of other stuff.

I started with the cult symbol and the pictures below shows the progression.

This is because, as there was no brief, they kept making changes constantly, kept saying what they did not like etc. Most of these feedbacks were from Ramsey and the producer Chris Odeh.

They eventually showed likeness for the 4th design. I really felt good because it felt like I was making a huge progress. I continued working on their requests, having sleepless nights and when it came to money, I would be told they are still having meetings concerning that. I continued.

Then it came down to designing the company logos for the movie and after I sent in my designs, I was told they were not good enough. I accepted and kept working until the media director came to me with a shocking news that I should not work on the company logos again. And that the powers above (the superior crew) had contacted someone from Abuja to do them.

I was sad but I accepted. So I asked him what about the rest, he said of course I can continue with the rest. I said okay. In addition to this up and down system.

There were times I would not receive feedback on designs I had sent for up to 3 days. It kept delaying my work and when I would ask the media director he’d even show me text chat on how he has sent them to Ramsey Nouah and he is yet to respond. Out of positivity I felt maybe he is busy.

I do not even want to talk about the fact that they moved us from that hotel to another with a cramped up room space and deadbeat facilities, but we managed somehow. At this stage, I had still not been paid, not even the down payment I asked for. But I was given food and airtime.

Things took a wrong turn when I was rushing from work so I could go complete my designs then I receive a call from the media director saying he was fired. I was like what?! What happened? He explained to me that the crew said they were not pleased with the quality of work and how he handled his part of the production process.

I was sure of the facts because I know the media director’s sister who confirmed to me that he was fired. I said okay, what about my work and designs and even my payment. He said he was not paid.

And as for my designs, that they neglected them, saying they did not even like them and they would not be used. I kept dragging him my money for months to be very honest but there was little or nothing he could do and I later realized and gave up. All he said was he is really sorry.

And that he truly understands how I feel and even promised to compensate me when he gets any money because of my kind of person, I was very fine with that. After all, working on such big project was really worth it. But this is where it gets really painful.

Almost 2 years after Living in Bondage-Breaking Free is out and guess what, they used my designs in the movie. My blood and sweat, my sleepless nights and broken backs after claiming they were not good enough. Worse of, I was not credited, I was not paid. I was not even compensated.

I watched the movie just a few weeks ago and got really emotional when I saw my works. I have been trying to contact Ramsey and he has been ignoring. All I wanted was just to be compensated for my hard work.

Note, not all my designs were used. Which is fine by me even though I put in a lot of work. But here are some of the designs side by side scenes from the movie.

In all honesty, all I ever wanted was to be acknowledged and compensated. Not ignored and belittled like a nobody. I have never dragged anyone on Twitter. I lead quite a private life and I am all about my hustle. This is my story.
 Veteran actress, Kate Henshaw reacted to the allegation saying;

After Kate Henshaw reacted to the unpaid job allegation, Ramsey Nouah in a tweet stated that;

I thought she was paid because the guy who was supposed to pay her told us that he had done that not until when Kate contacted me, I am as surprised as some of you are about this but nevertheless she has been compensated accordingly.

— Ramsey Nouah (@ramseyfiImsng) June 17, 2020

The graphics designer, Louisa Ejenavbo confirmed that she has been contacted by the actor and has been compensated for her work.

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