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Monday, May 29, 2017

Nigerian Model Nneoma Anosike Allegedly Sues Wema Bank For Illegal Use Of Photo

A Nigerian model based in the United States of America, Nneoma Anosike, has filed an action against Wema Bank PLC before a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court for allegedly using her photos for commercial purposes without authorization.



Ms. Anosike, 22, sued the bank through her father, Frank Anosike, who doubles as her lawyer, claiming N97 million as damages.

According to the plaintiff, the bank on April 11, 2016, used her photo for a commercial on social network platform, Instagram, without her consent or authorization from Ford Models Inc, her American management company.

Among her prayers, the plaintiff is seeking an order directing the defendant to pay N75 million for allegedly passing off her services.

She is also seeking an injunction restraining the defendant from passing off or causing others to pass off her professional services and a declaration that she is entitled to her privacy of her correspondence under Section 37 of the Nigerian Constitution.

The plaintiff is also seeking an order directing the bank to pay her N20 million for the breach of her privacy by advertising her private correspondence; an order to publish a written apology in two national dailies in Nigeria and in the U.S.; and N2 million as cost of filing the suit.

According to the statement of claims attached to the suit, the plaintiff claimed that she is a reputable international model who had won many laurels within and outside the country, including the ‘Elite Model Look’ 2013 in Nigeria.
Ms. Anosike said based on her reputation, Pepsi-Cola Nigeria made her its brand ambassador for Aquafina water.

The plaintiff further averred that her contract with Ford Models Inc took her to the U.S. and that prior to the defendant’s advert of her, she was in negotiations with the company for a renewal of her contract.

But on April 11 last year, according to Ms. Anosike, the management of Ford Models summoned her to a meeting on April 12 wherein she was presented with her photo advert procured from the Instagram account of the defendant.

She alleged that the defendant mutilated and edited her professional photo for the said advert uploaded on the internet, adding that based on that action, her contract renewal with the American company has been jeopardized.

But in its statement of defence, the defendant averred that the bank was not a party to the alleged modelling contract between the plaintiff and the American company and was not privy to it.

The bank also stated that the photo in question was sourced from social media for its weekly online motivational and educational series, intended to inspire going online users.

The bank denied using the plaintiff’s photo for any advertisement purposes or for any commercial gain but for purely free educational purpose under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned the matter till June 15 for further hearing.

https://www.bbcnigeria.net


45 comments:

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    1. I hope so too, instead of using my face peacefully at an affordable fee, mba they must use celeb

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    2. Good! Nice move. All these brands think they can plagiarize as they please. The other time, Maggi stole Dunni's photo of ero riro and passed it off as theirs.

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  2. Very good

    You go girl




    @Galore

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  3. I am surprised that a reputable bank like Wema will do something unprofessional like this.

    See all the charges.
    The lady lives abroad so she knows the seriousness of this "breach" and is so gonna sue their behinds to the Stone Age.

    Chai! So Wema Bank it's cos of you people now that Nneoma's contract wasn't renewed.

    This would be the very last time u guys would be lifting anyone's picture off the Internet.

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    1. @Skype bank too sef don do something like that... Using one international singer's song for their advert.... They sued them, and they had to pay through their nose





      @Galore

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    2. Tons of organizations in Nigeria steal images. Just few that buy stock images. It's disgusting.

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    3. She will teach them better lesson they won't forget in a hurry, to think that there thousands of model looking for endorsement of even 500k & they decide to do osho free advert.

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    4. Never knew this bank still exists self.

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  4. #Letting go isn't easy, but sometimes it's necessary*

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  5. If I tell them to use my pic now for a token they will form rubbish. See the face wey them go use. I am she wins sha

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  6. This is the type of case I like. Sue their ass

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  7. Hilary Clinton29 May 2017 at 15:55

    Common sense, Nigerian organisations cannot have. Abeg pay her that 97mila jare.

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  8. For whatever the good reason, why did your client lift and use her picture without her consent? Una don enter am

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  9. Wema bank's excuse is so lame. Even if you used her picture to say 'thank you Jesus', you did it without her consent. So?
    Babe hol dem tyt for trouser. I know say last last them go negotiate as per ADR but anyhow some molla go hit your account. Na so e be.

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  10. Why would Wema bank do this? I am not surprised ,a country where anything goes,corruption and all,no laws,just anything goes,Nigeria hmmmm

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  11. This should teach them a lesson because most of these companies just carry people's face and put on their adverts without permission. When you enquire they will say your own is too much. That's how petals hair product used my picture for donkey years when I signed off only 6 months rights on magazine adverts and posters. Next thing see billboards, and it wasn't on the contract cos that would have cost them extra. Oya take down the billboard nau.... four years later my Aunty still said she saw it in one eastern state. My so-called manager sef wasn't helping matters with the whole thing I quarrelled with him ehn. Who knows if they settled him on side and bought his silence. As usual, my mother would be aiming for peace so I left the matter.

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    1. Chisos Chikito. Now I believe you are really delusional, keep living ur fantasy on SDK

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    2. Things dey happen for this blog oh!



      Long live SDK

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    3. My Chiki Chikala, I wish I could see that picture. Was it #NaturalHairGoals or #RelaxedHairGoals? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      *singing*
      Harers shove it up ya ass, gerrof, shove it up ya ass...

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    4. I'm sorry but ma, must you always relate with a story. Damn! So frigging talkative, can't deal mehn. In multitude of words there are lies.....go deduce. Julianah

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    5. geez! you must relate with every story haba! btw @ pipi, i love that guys shove it up ya ass dance 😅😂

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    6. Lie lie shidren full this blog

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    7. Lmaoooooo ooooooooooo ooooooooooo

      I don laugh fall for staircase kuku roll reach bottom as this laugh no go let me stand. Una too funny for this blog aswear.

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    8. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...hey...hahahahahahhahahaahhahaha

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    9. Omg! Girl who did this to you??? It will never be well with him or her. You talk and lie too much for a normal human being. I guess it is spiritual. + you try so hard to form posh and class while we all know you are just a razz rat. Classy people do talk too much! Damn! Nne jisike

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    10. This is funniest lie from Chikito so far. Babe this your lying is getting out of hand. You sure no be person do you this thing? Every story Stella posts has happened to you or your siblings or parents. You or your siblings know every celebrity. For someone who claims to be running a business in London, you sure have ample time cause you comment multiple times on every post. One day Stella will do a post on a lady that killed her mother and you'll tell us you killed your mom, that's if you haven't said it already , cause I can't keep up with your fabrications anymore. No be only eastern Nigeria, I'm sure the billboard is somewhere around your "London" residence.

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    11. Yeah, your pictures are everywhere in US 😈😂😂😂😂 lying ass

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    12. 😂😂😂😂😂 This just made my day,freaking stressful day.Hubby travelled,toddler didn't go to daycare cos it's Memorial Day,colic is disturbing baby.Mbok make I laugh wella 😂😂😂😂😂hahahahaha,I remember petals that year,the relaxer still dey sef😂😂😂😂 Stella this your blog ehn

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    13. This babe is suffering from a serious case of delusions of grandeur! You will learn the hard way.ask TGW how bvs started detecting her lies and she had to quickly revert to making comments without adding one lie or the other about her personal life. Na here we dey.

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  12. Let me go and move my money. I know that if they finish paying the gbese they will be broke

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    1. I follow you too to go clear my money from wema bank

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    2. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    3. Which money.
      This na bank o, no be piggy bank.

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    4. You wan go remove the last N1000

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  13. Good for them. They think she's living in Nigeria where they use whoever they want. Ntoooor for them

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  14. CRS is PR and PR is a tool of advertising. In nutshell CRS is advertising.

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  15. @ SDK,i must personally say a big thank you for running of this blog biz.oh my oh my!,what a joy and comical reliefs the 'assorted and diverse bvs and anonymous comments bring into our lives,i must not forgot to do a big shout out to wonderful and loyal "SDK palm wine tappers association"for their tenacious,steadfastness,unrivaled rapid response skills in tapping into "celebrity blessings".Today was a rough day and i was in foul mood,but on logging on to sdk,anonymous 01:14 MADE MY NIGHT!!i was laughing till my ribs were on the verge of cracking!you guys here are da bomb!! one love family!(disclaimer--this does not mean the anonymous opinion reflects mine,i just love the comic in it.)

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  16. Wema bank has entered 1 chance. I pray she wins.

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