Folks, I was saying the other day that I felt rejuvenated and believed there was hope for Nigeria, especially when it came to the respect for the rule of law. I also said I believed the music industry, primarily, would be a key catalyst for helping with a shift of the mind frame of Nigerians in becoming empowered and demanding accountability from their leaders. Let me try to connect the dots a bit so you all see, even if you do not get, my vision.
The world appears to recognize Nollywood (Nigeria’s film industry). However, in the last five years, Nigeria’s contemporary music industry has become a force to be reckoned with and has attained and continues to attain the global recognition that has taken Nollywood over 15years to attain. At the rate the music industry is going, I anticipate it will surpass Nollywood both in terms of a structured distribution system, strong legal protection and enforcement and global recognition.
While it inches its way towards the aforementioned milestones I forsee, one key thing that cannot be ignored is the awareness of legal drama that would have been ignored in the past. Nigerian musicians are recognized as super stars both within the country and on the continent. They have become so visible and everything they do is up for scrutiny.
Particularly up for scrutiny are their actions that amount to creating an awareness for the rule of law, especially in this day of social media; where their actions are immediately broadcasted to the African diaspora.
Whether it is Timi Dakolo and Ice Prince allegedly having babies and refusing to acknowledge andsupport them (which raises legal issues of child support and custody issues in the Family Law realm); P-Square breaching contracts or allegedly stealing the copyrighted work of artists like Waje (which raises issues under contract and intellectual property laws); D’Banj and Don Jazzy having the nastiest of breakups (which raises Company Dissolution issues under Company Law); 2Shotz defrauding students of 100,000 Naira (which raises issues under criminal law and contract law); Asa suing because a newspaper said she was a lesbian (which raises issue of defamation under tort law) or the latest news of K-Solo beating up his wife to the point where she miscarries (which raises Domestic Violence issues under Criminal Law), there is a showing that slowly but surely, Nigerians are and will become aware of the law, their legal rights and how to use the court system to help right the wrongs committed against them by fellow citizens.
Indeed the social media movement, particularly blogs like Linda Ikeji.com, Africamusiclaw.com, Thenetng.com and countless other blogs are an integral part of this march towards a respect for the rule of law.
You all have no idea how excited I am about all of the above. For you, it might appear weird to be happy people have legal troubles. For me, life couldn’t be grander!
Ultimately, I believe our music celebrities will use the legal system to resolve their legal issues, especially in the intellectual property and contract law realms. Their die hard fans who follow them and face legal issues, albeit on a smaller scale, will emulate these stars. When they have problems, they will seek the courts not the streets to resolve their problems. This, to me, can only mean a movement that will ultimately spill into every sphere of Nigerian life, particularly Political life. Citizens, to me, will no longer be content in sitting back and having their government refuse to uphold the rule of law, grant them good governance, good schools, good roads etc. They will demand and will not stop until they get it. Nigeria can become the America of today, albeit it is a long journey ahead and sacrifices of epic proportions will likely have to be made.
Nevertheless, I believe it begins one music celebrity at a time. I am very optimistic. For me, the key thing is to keep going with making sure, on my part, I join my blogger and media colleagues in chronicling and discussing these legal dramas and the best ways to deal with them i.e. through your lawyers and the court system, not twitter, facebook or on the streets.
Wooosah! All dat one just pass una head abi? Did you all get that? Okay nau. All of the Olodos reading this, just stay in school. 🙂
Back to the post at hand. I saw this story on Linda Ikeji’s blog. If this story is true, what a mess. Of very high significance is the domestic violence that allegedly caused K-Solo’s wife/ex-wife to lose her baby. Technically, he could be charged with the murder of that baby as well as felonius aggravated assault and felonious battery i.e. assault with a deadly weapon mos likely to cause grave bodily injury, here in the USA. But even in Nigeria, he could be charged with parallel criminal violations if the state is willing to prosecute him, now that this story is out. I covered Nigeria’s battery criminal law in the Olisa Adibua Beat FM beatings of a subordinate for allegedly sleeping on the job.
You can read that story here and see how the criminal laws on battery work.
Now read Kikelomo’s story as told to City People Magazine and transcribed/republished by Linda Ikeji for online circulation.
K-Solo and I met on Facebook in April 2011 and continued our friendship on Blackberry. We eventually met face to face at a show in Eko Hotel in Lagos. I am not really based in Lagos. I am always in Warri, Port Harcourt, South Africa or Cameroon. I am always traveling because of my business. But because of K-Solo I started coming to Lagos frequently after we started dating.
By August of 2011 we started having issues. He was actually scamming one girl. One Leilani Ifeoma in Houston, Texas. Apparently they have not met physically, they met on the internet and she was also into entertainment so K-Solo started scamming her, collecting money from her and promising her marriage. The day I got to know I was in his house. He left his phone and stepped out, so I picked the call and I told her I am K-Solo’s wife and the lady said it wasn’t possible because they were planning to get married. When I asked him about her, he said please don’t mind her, and later said he was sorry. But when I continued to demand for answers, he started beating me despite the fact that I was pregnant. He carried a lamp and threw at me.
Before then, when I met him, he told me he wanted to shoot a video for his song ‘Ni Igboro; and said he didn’t have money for it. I gave him N515, 000 for the video shoot. I gave him another N100, 000 some weeks before the video shoot. All through this I didn’t know he had a girlfriend that he had been living with for seven years. Each time I go to the studio, I see her there with a K-Solo tattoo on her arm. When I asked him who she was, he said she was his sister’s daughter. I later found out that when I gave him the money for the video shoot, he used half of it to celebrate a birthday for Bimbo.
A few weeks later, the lady in the US, Ify, called his phone and I picked it up. When I told him I’d picked his call, he got angry and went outside the house to go talk with the lady. He was begging the girl and lying that I was his sister. He even asked her if she was ready to sponsor their wedding. After listening in on the conservation, I told him then and there that the relationship was over, that I wanted my N515, 000 back. Not just that, I’d spend a lot of money on him. He started begging and crying. A few days later, I travelled to South Africa.
While in South Africa, he kept calling and begging and I eventually for give him because I was pregnant and he convinced me he was a changed man. He actually told me he had gone for deliverance. That was when we decided to get married. The only money K-Solo spent on the wedding was N15, 000 for wedding invites. I took care of everything. The cloth K-Solo was wearing, my own, his pilot suits, clothes, shoes, bag his mum wore, the feeding and drinks. I did everything. I spend over N3.5 million.
On the night of the wedding, K-Solo woke me up around 3am and said now that he’s my husband, when am I going to make him a signatory to my company’s account, and when am I going to change all my property to his name. I got scared and first thing in the morning I called my brother and told him what happened. He advised me to move all my documents, chequebooks out of the house, which I did. Whenever I asked for money for feeding or upkeep, he would shout at me and say ‘What’s the meaning of that? Don’t you have more money than me? What did I marry you for?
K-Solo started beating me up after the wedding and I lost the baby I was carrying when we got married on the 26th of November.
The marriage finally crashed in February 2012 when he called me and told me that Timaya just bought a Nigerian used Range Rover sport, that he wants me to buy him a brand new Range Rover worth 7.5 million and also put N10million in his account. I told him that even if I had the money, I won’t do it because I expect him to talk about how to invest money in productive business and not buying Range Rover. Moreover, I gave K-Solo N2million to pay for house rent for our 4-bedroom home at Ogba Medium estate, but he only gave the agent N1million and squandered the remaining money to buy Hublot wrist watches, Blackberry phones expensive shoes and designer wears. When I pointed this out to him, he told me that he will make the marriage miserable for me. On February 14th, after a misunderstanding, K-Solo packed a few of his things and moved to his mother’s house. I left our home too but was advised to go back since our marriage was still young. Because I wanted to make it work, I took my brother to K-Solo’s mother’s house to apologise to him and his mum. He later returned home. But immediately he returned, he asked me if I was ready to buy him the Range Rover and I told him it wasn’t going to happen.
So in March we went to Shoprite and he wanted me to buy two wine glasses that cost N2, 500 each. I suggested that we should open our wedding gifts that there definitely will be wine glasses somewhere, and he just slapped me right there in Shoprite, and as he was coming close to me I ran into the car park, he ran after me, removed his belt and started beating me. People started taking pictures of us and some guys tried to drag him away, by then, my right eye started bleeding. While they were trying to calm him down, he ran away from them and went to carry a stone and threw it at me, and I just passed out. I woke up in the hospital and what he told my family was that I fell. he started begging me and crying that it was the devil’s work.
After that beating, I stopped doing everything I used to do financially in our home and he became very frustrated and aggressive. But the marriage finally packed on a particular night I came back home late from going to buy fruits for the house. Immediately I entered the house, he got up and started shouting at me. He started coming close, and I tried to leave the room, but he dragged me back, locked the door and threw the key in the drawer. He started beating me, slapping me and broke a coke bottle on my forehead. I stood up and ran to the bathroom, he followed me, took the mopping stick, broke it and started hitting my stomach that the pregnancy must come out. By then I was pregnant again. I was bleeding on my forehead, and he picked up the washing machine in the bathroom and threw it at me. . .” Full story on Linda Ikeji.blogspot.com