Kenyan artiste David Oreyo aka Ngalah the Brand has been sued by an American ice cream seller, Coldstone Creameries, for posting on YouTube a music video he filmed in one of their outlets in Westlands, Nairobi.
The Ezekiel Mutua-led Kenya Film Classification Board has been enjoined in the suit.
As reported by the Business Daily, the ice cream company cites the video by the famous Yunasi band member to be “sexually explicit”.
It has sought the intervention of the Constitutional and Human Rights court to compel David to pull down the video.
It’s been reported that after shooting the video on March 1, with permission from Coldstone, the company representatives reviewed it and warned the artiste not to make it public.
It argued that the video would destroy their brand because of it’s sexually explicit content.
The company sued through it’s local franchise holder Om Nom Nom Limited. Om Nom Nom, which also runs Dominos pizza, was acting on behalf of American ice cream seller Coldstone Creameries.
“Om Nom Nom categorically affirms that in its fundamental belief the video is depraved and damaging to the respectable reputation of the petitioner and licensed brands of Dominos and Coldstone,” reads the court papers as published by Business Daily on Wednesday, April 4.
Katherine Njeru, a human resource manager at Om Nom Nom, said the company even offered to help Ngala edit the video to meet brand standards but he declined.
Justice Isaac Lenaola has already ordered David to respond to the suit before May 20, when the issue comes up before the judge.
“Om Nom Nom, through its digital manager, even offered to help Mr Ngala edit the video to meet brand standards. However, he has frustrated any such efforts. Mr Ngala through an email dated April 27, blackmailed Om Nom Nom that he will release the video in a bid to arm twist the petitioner to yield to his unconscionable demands,” said Coldstone.
David hadn’t responded by the time the article was published.
Source – Businessdaily, Tuko.co.ke news,The Star