Kenyan-Nigerian model bashes ‘Sarkodie’ for using his picture without permission

Kenyan-Nigerian model Kwen Maye has lashed out at Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie for using his picture without his permission or that of his management.

The former posted the photo that led to the ‘Take It Back’ act coming under severe criticism for offering to pay creatives with ‘exposure with the caption: @sarkodie1 you didn’t ask for my permission or contact my agency @20modelmanagement before using my picture for some cast promo.. I’m aware you don’t like when someone use ur pics without your permission___ please take it down or crop me out___ speaking for myself and don’t know about other models___ this is so wrong___ @ameyaw112 please speak to this guy to get it down____No disrespect, if you don’t accept this from anyone don’t do it to others____ #RespectMyJob I’m not looking for such publicity___ #CropMeOut

Kwen Maye

Maye is also a stylist, and a Fashion Designer currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Rapper Sarkodie has come under a barrage of criticism from users of Micro blogging site Twitter for offering to pay creatives with ‘exposure.’

In a Tweet posted by the ‘Take It Back‘ act on Tuesday morning, he asked for “all avant garde hipsters and creative artists to be part of an African superstar music video.”

The condition to join the video shoot however does not include getting paid for the effort and time: “it is not paying gig (sic), it is however an opportunity to gain lots of exposure.”

The last bit of the text didn’t sit well with creatives especially who have been fighting to get paid for their work and for companies to stop claiming to be giving them ‘exposure’ to collaborate.

In the past few years, Sarkodie has boycotted events for what he says is the inability of the companies to pay him what he asked for. He claimed then that he was doing it for the artistes to be respected and given their right due.

A few years ago, he lashed out at events company, CharterHouse for using his image without their permission, which he thought bordered on disrespect of the artiste.