Brownhill Investments Company Limited, the organizers of the annual ‘Warri Again Concert, have filed a N2.3 billion lawsuit against Davido Music Label.
This legal action is in response to an alleged breach of a previously agreed-upon contract between the two parties.
Owned by the ex-President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, Brownhill Investments Company Limited initiated this lawsuit, officially marked as EHC/183/2023, in the Delta State High Court in Effurun.
Through their legal representative, Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, the claimant is requesting the court to award N2 billion as general damages against Davido and his music label.
Furthermore, the claimant is seeking N150 million for legal and professional fees, along with an additional N30 million to cover the cost of filing the lawsuit.
Additionally, the claimant is seeking a court order for Davido to issue a public apology on all of his social media accounts and handles, as well as in two national daily newspapers, for a consecutive period of four days, directed toward the claimant and the event attendees.
According to the statement of claim, Davido approached Mr. Pinnick at the Abuja Airport in early 2023, expressing his interest in being involved in the 19th edition of the ‘Warri Again Concert’ scheduled for October 6, 2023.
The claimant said Pinnick was hesitant to grant the request, he eventually did and they agreed on N70m as Davido’s performance fee.
It said that thereafter, the sum of US$94,500.00 (an equivalent of N70m) was paid on April 6, 2023, and the same was duly acknowledged by the defendants.
It said after the payment, Davido did a promotional video ahead of the event but he eventually failed to show up on the day of the event.
The claimant stated that it expended humongous resources on print and social media adverts and promotions for the event, adding that on September 29, 2023, precisely a week before the slated date of the event, a formal letter of reminder was sent to the Davido in respect of the event, which contained flight itinerary of the private jet chartered to personally convey him and his team to and from Warri, Delta State for the event, thereby incurring additional expenses of $18,000.
It stated, however, that all attempts to reach Davido and his team on the day of the event, October 6, 2023, were futile, adding that it kept the private jet chartered to convey Davido and his team to Warri at the Airport in Lagos on standby should they eventually show up.
Consequently, Pinnick’s company is asking for the payment of $94,500 as full payment for engaging the services of Davido.