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Court Halts Play On NSMQ 2017



An arts group planned to stage a production of this year’s #NSMQ

The organizers of the vent, Primetime Ltd however secured an injunction to stop the play

They said they were not asked permission and the play could harm their brand.

The injunction filed by Primetime Limited, the organizers of the National Science and Maths Quiz, to stop a stage production based on the competition has been approved by an Accra High Court.

The suit was filed against Nyansapo, the organizers of the play, who were accused of failing to seek permission from Primetime before using their brand in their production.

The NSMQ organizing board believed the unauthorized use of the competition’s brand name, would have been detrimental to their reputation.

Speaking to Citi FM, the managing director of Primetime Ltd, Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare said:

“We want to protect our brand. First of all, this production was done without our authorization, without our consent and without our knowledge so we don’t know what exactly the whole play is about, we haven’t seen the plot. If you are going to be using somebody’s brand name you need to ask permission.

The person is definitely going to make some inputs to make sure their interests are protected. When you don’t do that, there’s an infringement on the person’s intellectual property rights.”

She argued that, it would have been prudent for Nyansapo to seek permission from Primetime, so that an understanding could be reached on how their brand would be portrayed in the play.

This would have ensured that the reputation of the competition would not be harmed.

The organizers of the quiz had earlier released a statement, where they denied giving authorization for the production, stating they would: “never tolerate or condone any attempts, however well-intentioned, to deride or discourage any participant or school from being part of this noble joint effort to improve the quality of STEM education in Ghana.”

The National Science and Maths quiz is an annual competition that features many senior high schools in Ghana.

The just ended 2017 edition saw Prempeh College emerge as the winners, after defeating Adisadel College and St. Thomas Aquinas School at the grande finale held at the National Theatre.

This year’s competition was widely publicised, with the help of social media, as many alumni of the various schools featured, used their online presence to boost the interest in the competition.


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