. Nigerian, American based Elite model, Nneoma Anosike has allegedly slammed Wema Bank of Nigerian in lagos with the sum of N97 million lawsuit for us...
Nigerian, American based Elite model, Nneoma Anosike has allegedly slammed Wema Bank of Nigerian in lagos with the sum of N97 million lawsuit for using her photo without any authorisation from her.
According to the report from Today NG, Nneoma, who is presently based in the United States filed the lawsuit, through her father who is a laywer Frank Anosike, before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
According to ‘Entertainment Express’ the report from the document filed before the court, Anosike disclosed that the bank used her photo for commercial purposed without permissions on their social network on April 11, 2016, he further said that they did not even get permission from her agent (Ford Models Inc). Hence, why she is demanding N75 million for the passing off her services, N20million for breach of her privacy for allegedly advertising her private correspondence; N2m for the cost of filing the suit.
She is demanding for an apology from the bank published on 2 national dailies, in Nigeria and the United States.
Nneoma Anosike also said the illegal use of her photo affected her relationship with Ford Models.
Nneoma who won the 2013 Elite Model Look and got signed to Ford Models in 2015. Following the alleged use of her photo, the model said her agent summoned her to their office after she moved to the United States. They showed the photo Wema Bank used on their Instagram, and from it saw that the bank had altered and edited the professional photo to suit their advertorial intent. This, she said, jeopardised her contract renewal.
Speaking before the court, the bank disclosed that they never knew of the model’s contract with the American agency. However, that they sourced her photo online for their weekly inspirational posts, and not for commercial gains.
The case was adjourned by Justice Ibrahim buba till June 15 for further hearing.