Legal Drama

Wizkid: Uganda court issues arrest warrant against Sony artist for no-show at Kampala concert

A Uganda court has allegedly issued an arrest warrant against Sony recording artist Wizkid for a no show at a concert in Kampala. Wizkid was scheduled for a Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, performance at Lugogo Cricket Oval. Instead, he canceled the show citing “unavoidable circumstances.” Less than a week after cancellation, he followed up with a public announcement that his doctor had ordered he cancel all his concerts from December 2016 to January 2017 due to health reasons. This week he shared on social media his intentions to vacation with his son in the U.S.

In response to his cancellation, organizers of the aforementioned event chose to file a criminal report in which they allege Wizkid and his manager, Sunday Are, obtained monies under false pretenses (which carries a five year sentence), cheating (which carries a three year sentence) and conspiracy to defraud (which carries a three year sentence, maximum).

On December 3rd, over 25,000 Ugandans paid to watch the Sony pop artist perform. Further, per the allegation, organizers expended $300,000 for the logistics of booking flights, hotel, venue, advertising and promotions. They also allegedly made a full deposit fee of $60,000 for Wizkid’s performance, a brokerage fee of $5,000 and $3,000 for per diem fees.

AML people, the organizers could have chosen the civil litigation route. They chose the criminal route. The prosecutor’s office obviously found the alleged facts by the police compelling enough to charge Wizkid. The judge also found probable cause, when presented with the facts, to issue the warrant for Wizkid’s arrest. So, let’s see what Wizkid and his team does.

This case underscores the need for African artists such as Wizkid to have entertainment lawyers in the local geographic region they will be performing. It also underscores the need to hire entertainment lawyers who also have a command of crisis management.

Let’s see what lies ahead. The alleged facts are still unraveling.

-Ms. Uduak

Lagos to Kampala by Runtown ft. Wizkid

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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  1. Winston Balagare says:

    Please, how can I contact Ugandan police to inform them of Ayo’s whereabouts?

    1. Too late. His working the issues out with them. You sef! 🙂

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