Oladimeji Ramon and Ademola Olonilua
The Lagos State High Court at the Tafawa Balewa Square has ordered famous On Air Personality, Omotoke Makinwa, to pay her estranged husband, Maje Ayida, N1m damages for defamation.
Justice Olukayode Ogunjobi said Makinwa and the publisher of her biography titled, ‘On Becoming,’ in which she defamed Ayida, should each pay N500,000 to Ayida.
The judge ordered Makinwa and Kachifo Limited to pay the money to “any charity organisation of the claimant’s choice.”
The judge added that the defendants must within 30 days of the judgment expunge from the unsold copies of ‘On Becoming’ portions containing defamatory words against Ayida.
The judge identified the defamatory portions of the book to be expunged as “Page 54, Line 11-16 and Page 83, Line 1.”
The court judgment came three years after Ayida, through his lawyer, Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), dragged Makinwa and Kachifo Limited to court in suit number ID/ADR/820/2017, demanding N100m in damages and a perpetual injunction halting further publication of ‘On Becoming.’
Ayida, in the suit, described Makinwa as his estranged wife, “who is obsessed with social media and fame,” adding that after publishing ‘On Becoming’ in November 2016, “purporting the book to be a biography of her life so far,” she used her social media platforms and other circulation platforms, such as Amazon, iTunes and numerous bookshops, to propagate the contents to over three million people.
The statement of claim reads partly, said, “The defendants published, authorised the publication and/or caused to be published the words complained of, knowing they were false or reckless. In consequence, the claimant’s hard-earned reputation has been seriously damaged and the claimant has suffered considerable distress and embarrassment, including but not limited to several calls to the claimant by well-meaning Nigerians to request him to go for counselling, mental and marriage therapy sessions.”
When The PUNCH reached out to Makinwa on Thursday, a lady who identified herself “her assistant,” told one of our correspondents that “Toke is not available to speak right now.”