‘Warri Again?’ Concert Takes a Legal Turn as Amaju Pinnick Seeks Damages and Public Apology from Afrobeat Star
In a recent development, the former president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has initiated legal proceedings against Afrobeat sensation Davido, demanding a significant sum of N2.3 billion in damages and a four-day public apology. The lawsuit revolves around an alleged breach of contract related to Davido’s scheduled appearance at the ‘Warri Again?’ show in Delta State.
Amaju Pinnick, also the owner of Brownhill Investments Company Limited, the organizer of the annual ‘Warri Again?’ event, filed the lawsuit, marked EHC/183/2023, at the Delta State High Court in Effurun. Represented by attorney Mr. Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, Pinnick seeks ₦2 billion as compensation from Davido and his music label for damages resulting from the singer’s failure to honor the contractual agreement.
Furthermore, Brownhill Investments is requesting the court to award ₦150 million for legal and professional fees, along with an additional ₦30 million to cover the costs associated with filing the lawsuit.
The legal proceedings take an unusual turn as Pinnick’s legal team urges the court to compel Davido to issue a public apology. This apology is expected to be posted on the singer’s social media accounts and featured in two national daily newspapers for four consecutive days.
According to the statement of claim submitted by the former NFF president, the dispute stems from Davido’s expressed interest in performing at the 19th edition of the “Warri Again Concert” scheduled for October 6, 2023. After negotiations, a performance fee of ₦70 million was agreed upon, and a payment equivalent to US$94,500.00 was made on April 6, 2023.
Despite initial collaboration, Davido failed to fulfill his commitment on the day of the show, leaving organizers and attendees disappointed. The claimant alleges significant financial investments in print and social media advertising for the event.
In a surprising twist, just a week before the event, Davido received a reminder letter and a flight itinerary for a chartered private jet, incurring an additional $18,000 in costs. Despite efforts to contact Davido and his team, they remained elusive on the day of the event, leading to the demand for the full payment of $94,500 for the contracted services.
The legal battle unfolds as the Nigerian entertainment industry watches closely for the resolution of this high-profile dispute.
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