People’s Choice Awards to go ahead despite court injunction – Organizers

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Spyder Lee Entertainment, organizers of the maiden GN Bank People's

Choice Awards say they will proceed with the organization of the

disputed awards on March 21.

The name for the awards has been a subject of contention between two

parties – Spyder Lee Entertainment and Evolution International – for

some time now.

Due to the tussle, which ended up in court, an Accra Fast Track High

Court, presided over by Justice Anthony Yeboah on Thursday, February

26 2015 placed an injunction restraining both parties from using the

name 'People's Choice Awards'.

The ruling is, however not stopping Spyder Lee Entertainment from

organizing the awards which seek to reward and celebrate individuals

and organizations which have excelled in their various fields in the

Ghanaian Arts and Entertainment industry.

The organizers said this in a statement signed by Edwin Kweku

Edinkrah, CEO, Spyder Lee Entertainment, and copied Myjoyonline.com.

Read the unedited statement below:

We have noticed with great concern the growing level of falsehood

being peddled within the media about the GN Bank People's Choice

Awards. With this release, we seek to clarify and state the facts as


Spyder Lee Entertainment, organizers of the GN Bank People's Choice

Awards have been involved in a legal tussle with Evolution

International over the ownership of the name People's Choice Awards.

Spyder Lee Entertainment successfully and legally registered People's

Choice Awards as a business at the Registrar General's Department and

subsequently registered GN Bank People's Choice Awards as a trademark.

In April 2014, Spyder Lee Entertainment in a two-week media campaign

massively publicized the introduction of the awards and went on to

launch the awards in November 2014.

Surprisingly, weeks after the launch event, Spyder Lee Entertainment

was notified of the registration of Peoples Choice Awards by Evolution

International and a request to desist from the use of the name

People's Choice Awards which resulted in a lawsuit.

At the hearing at the Fast Track High Court on Thursday 26th February

2015, the presiding judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah, placed an

injunction restraining both parties from using the name 'People's

Choice Awards' until the case is settled between both parties.

However, certain media houses in their publication have categorically

stated that an injunction has been placed on the 21st March 2015

Awards Night scheduled for the Accra International Conference Centre

which is untrue.

We assure all nominees and the general public of our commitment to

work within the framework of the laws governing the Republic of Ghana

to ensure that the awards night comes off as planned amidst all the

pomp and pageantry as expected.

Contrary to media reportage, the show has not been canceled and we are

still preparing towards the 21st March 2015 show and in compliance

with the court order.

The planning process for this awards didn't start in 2014 and there is

enough documentation available to prove that the process even started

before Evolution International allegedly filed for a trademark in


To organize an awards scheme of such magnitude is a long and expensive

process and everyone involved can attest to this.

Spyder Lee Entertainment respects the rule of law and if our courts

forbid us from using the words "People" and "Choice", we will surely


The point of this awards scheme is to give the general public the

opportunity to determine the practitioners within the Arts and

Entertainment Industry they think should be awarded and celebrated.

Whether we say it is their "choice", or their "selection" or their

"will" does not change the spirit of the awards. Whether we call our

citizens the "People", or the "Fans" or anything else does not affect

our commitment to involving them in deciding who wins what at the

awards night.

It is our hope that Evolution International will respect that when we

announce the new name of our event.

Our doors are always open and we will appreciate any media house that

contacts us for clarity when in doubt before going ahead to

misrepresent the facts in the spirit of professional journalistic


Thank you.


Edwin Kweku Edinkrah

CEO, Spyder Lee Entertainment

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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