The organizers of the annual ‘Warri Again Concert’ have taken legal action against Nigerian-American superstar singer David Adedeji Adeleke, known as Davido, and his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited.
The suit, filed before the High Court of Delta State in Effurun, demands N2.3 billion in damages and a public apology for an alleged breach of contract. The claimant, Brownhill Investments Company Limited, through its counsel, Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, is seeking N2 billion as general damages from Davido.
Additionally, they are requesting N150 million for legal and professional fees and an extra N30 million for the cost of filing the suit. The claimant also wants an order directing the defendants to issue a public apology on all of Davido’s social media accounts and in two national daily newspapers for four consecutive days, addressed to the claimant and attendees.
According to the statement of claim, in early 2023, Davido approached the claimant’s chairman, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, for the 19th edition of the “Warri Again” event. Although Pinnick had reservations due to previous disappointments in 2014 and 2019 when Davido didn’t perform after being paid, the claimant agreed to a performance agreement for the event scheduled for October 6, 2023.
The performance agreement stipulated a performance fee of N70 million, which was paid on April 6, 2023, after which Davido confirmed his attendance through a promotional video.The claimant invested heavily in advertising and promotion for the event and chartered a private jet to transport Davido and his team. However, a week before the event, Davido became unresponsive, and on the day of the event, he did not show up.
As a result, the claimant incurred additional expenses and had to secure the performance of another artist to compensate for Davido’s absence. Davido responded by posting defamatory remarks and threats on social media.The claimant is demanding $94,500 as full payment, a public apology, and an injunction to prevent Davido from performing at any event in Nigeria until the refund is made.
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