Maje hires U.K and Nigerian lawyers to sue Toke Makinwa over ‘fabricated’ book (-The Cable)
Following the release of a tell-all memoir, On Becoming, documenting her relationship with Maje Ayida, Toke Makinwa, has been asked to stop the sales of the book and all forms of promotional activities, via a “letter of demand," from Ayida's lawyers.
In the book, Makinwa accused Ayida of giving her STDs, being a serial cheat and committing adultery. The legal documents describe the book as nothing but “exaggerated fabrication”. The book was said to contain “defamatory words”. .
Maje Ayida has hired law firms in both the U.K and Nigeria to handle the case. They are Carter-Ruck, a leading defamation law firm in the UK to top figures like Simon Cowell, Elton John and Chelsea FC while Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) of Pineiro LP is heading the legal front in Nigeria. .
According to the letter of demand sent to Makinwa, Ayida was said to have “requested legal separation” from her “within 6 months” of their marriage in January 2014 — “when it became clear that the marriage was breaking down”.
Makinwa was alleged to have signed a legal separation agreement in July 2014,. The letter said it was well documented that Makinwa and Ayida had agreed to separate by July 2014, which the book failed to record.
Pinheiro LP said it was untrue that Maje had given her an “STI." The law firm further noted that the publication has brought “public ridicule” on Maje.” According to the law firm, Makinwa’s representation of Ayida in the book was “not a true reflection of who he is.” .
Ayida, through his lawyers, has, among other things, informed Makinwa to retrieve the already-sold books and stop all forms of distribution and deliver up same at the place to be agreed upon by our client for destruction.”
It further said a failure to do so and tender a full page unreserved apology to Ayida in three national dailies “will result in the commencement of legal action.” She was given 7 days upon receipt of the letter to comply with the demands or they’d be forced to seek legal redress. The letter was sent last year, but it's not sure if Makinwa got it.
Source: The Cable
While scrolling through my instagram feed this morning I found this on @instablognaija and my first thought was, Oh Lord, not more drama!
I think I'm one of those few weird people who don't like drama, controversy, "tea" or any of those things, or can only handle (maybe enjoy) it only in tiny dozes. I remember the first time I visited Naija Gist Live, I felt so dirty and toxic after only a few minutes that I had to run off, and the few times I tried to revisit I just couldn't stomach the negativity. The world would be an extremely boring place if there were many people like me 🙈. I'm still trying to recover from January's drama but February seems to not want to be outdone.
Anyways, onto this matter, I think this is going to be an interesting one. I'm very certain that before Toke published On Becoming she must have had a team of lawyers read through, consider and predict every possible legal outcome and finding that no one mentioned in the book would have any locus standi, gave her the go ahead.
So I'm curious to see how this would play out.
This morning Toke's instagram post read; "The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace", and now I see why.
Amen to her prayer.
💭 But then what happens if Maje is saying the same prayer too? Because really, nobody has monopoly over God.