Legal Drama

1-0 in Favor of Brymo: Lagos High Court Lifts Chocolate City Injunction Against Brymo, Brymo Can Now Release Album


The parties return to court March 19th to really duke it out. In the meantime, Brymo can release his album. I will deal with what this means as the week progresses.


A Federal High Court, Lagos on Tuesday, set aside an interim order of injunction restraining a popular Nigerian musician, Olawale Ashimi (a.k.a Brymo), from releasing any musical work.

Justice Ibrahim Buba had on October 21, 2013, restrained the singer from releasing or distributing any musical work, pending the determination of a substantive suit against him.

The judge set aside the order following an application by the musician’s lawyer, Mrs. Nike Olagbende, on Tuesday.

Buba said, “Asking the defendant not to record or release any musical work is like signing a footballer and keeping him on the bench without allowing him play.

“The interim order made on October 21, 2013 is hereby vacated while an order of accelerated hearing of the case is made this day.”

A record label, Chocolate City, had filed an ex parte motion seeking an order restraining Brymo, from recording any musical work, pending the determination of the suit instituted against Brymo for alleged breach of contract.

The plaintiff had alleged that its contract with the singer was still valid till 2016, and as such, he should not be allowed to renege on the contract.

The plaintiff had therefore urged the court to make an order restraining the defendant from composing or releasing any musical work for any other person or label other than Chocolate City, until the main suit is heard and determined.

Justice Buba had adjourned the hearing of the substantive suit till Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Brymo’s lawyer, Olagbende, urged the court to review the interim order.

She argued that if the order was not set aside, it would continue to cause hardship to her client, who she described as a creative artiste that should not be left idle. . .” – The Punch has the full story.

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