Toke Makinwa is a Nigerian radio personality, television host, vlogger, and bestselling author. In 2015, she separated from her husband Maje Ayida following a scandal revealing he had impregnated his ex-girlfriend. Her estranged husband, Maje hires U.K and Nigerian lawyers to sue Toke Makinwa over ‘fabricated’ book, ‘On Becoming’.
According to the The Cable;
“Following the release of a tell-all memoir, On Becoming, documenting her relationship with Maje Ayida, Toke Makinwa, has been asked to stop the sales of the book and all forms of promotional activities, via a “letter of demand,” from Ayida’s lawyers.
In the book, Makinwa accused Ayida of giving her STDs, being a serial cheat and committing adultery. The legal documents describe the book as nothing but “exaggerated fabrication”. The book was said to contain “defamatory words”.
Maje Ayida has hired law firms in both the U.K and Nigeria to handle the case. They are Carter-Ruck, a leading defamation law firm in the UK to top figures like Simon Cowell, Elton John and Chelsea FC while Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) of Pineiro LP is heading the legal front in Nigeria.
According to the letter of demand sent to Makinwa, Ayida was said to have “requested legal separation” from her “within 6 months” of their marriage in January 2014 — “when it became clear that the marriage was breaking down”. .
Makinwa was alleged to have signed a legal separation agreement in July 2014,. The letter said it was well documented that Makinwa and Ayida had agreed to separate by July 2014, which the book failed to record. .
Pinheiro LP said it was untrue that Maje had given her an “STI.” The law firm further noted that the publication has brought “public ridicule” on Maje.” According to the law firm, Makinwa’s representation of Ayida in the book was “not a true reflection of who he is.”
Ayida, through his lawyers, has, among other things, informed Makinwa to retrieve the already-sold books and stop all forms of distribution and deliver up same at the place to be agreed upon by our client for destruction.”
It further said a failure to do so and tender a full page unreserved apology to Ayida in three national dailies “will result in the commencement of legal action.” She was given 7 days upon receipt of the letter to comply with the demands or they’d be forced to seek legal redress. The letter was sent last year, but it’s not sure if Makinwa got it.”
EFFECT OF BOOK ON MAJE’S CAREER
The law firm further noted that the publication has brought “public ridicule” on Maje, noting that his reputation has been “assaulted, injured and damaged.”
“His professional integrity as one of the leading health and wellness practitioners in Nigeria, and his professional credibility built over the years through dedicated hard work have been besmirched”, the letter said.
According to the law firm, Makinwa’s representation of Ayida in the book was “not a true reflection of who he is, his character and his background.”
DEMANDS OF AYIDA
Maje Ayida, through his lawyers, has, among other things, informed Makinwa to retrieve the already-sold books and stop all forms of distribution, TheCable Lifestyle understands.
The letter mandated Makinwa to “withdraw from circulation all copies of the book and take immediate steps to call in all copies of the book already distributed and deliver up same at the place to be agreed upon by our client for destruction.”
It further said a failure by the popular celebrity to “retract” the “published words” and tender a full page unreserved apology to Maje Ayida in three national dailies “will result in the commencement of legal action.”
Makinwa was also advised to “take immediate steps” to stop the distribution of the books on Amazon, iTunes and all forms of promotion on her social media accounts.
She was given seven days upon receipt of the letter to comply with the demands or they’d be forced to seek legal redress.
The warning letter was said to have been delivered to Makinwa on Monday, December 23, 2016.
Makinwa is set to hold a book reading in Ghana on Friday, February 3.
It can’t be immediately confirmed whether she received the letter of demand.
TheCable.ng reports that messages they sent to her were unanswered.