Brownhill Investments Company Limited, the organizers of the annual ‘Warri Again Concert,’ have initiated legal action against hip-hop artiste David Adeleke, better known as Davido. The suit, valued at N2.3 billion, alleges a breach of an agreement/contract that was previously established between them.
Owned by former President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, the company filed the suit with reference EHC/183/2023 in the Delta State High Court in Effurun.
In the suit, represented by their lawyer, Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, Brownhill Investments Company Limited is seeking the following:
- N2 billion as general damages against Davido and his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited.
- N150 million as legal and professional fees.
- An additional N30 million as the cost of filing the suit.
Additionally, the claimant is requesting that the court order Davido to issue a public apology on all of his social media accounts/handles and in two national daily newspapers for four consecutive days, directed at the claimant and attendees of the event.
According to the claimant’s statement of claim, in early 2023, Davido approached Amaju Pinnick at the Abuja Airport and requested to be engaged for the 19th edition of the ‘Warri Again Concert,’ scheduled for October 6, 2023. After some hesitation, Pinnick eventually agreed, and they settled on a fee of N70 million for Davido’s performance.
The claimant further detailed that on April 6, 2023, a sum of US$94,500.00 (equivalent to N70 million) was paid, and this payment was duly acknowledged by the defendants. Davido also recorded a promotional video in anticipation of the event. However, he failed to appear at the event on the scheduled date. The claimant, in turn, incurred additional expenses, including $18,000 for a private jet chartered for Davido.
Despite efforts to reach Davido and his team on the day of the event, they were unresponsive. The private jet chartered for their transportation was kept on standby at the Lagos Airport, awaiting their arrival.