Harambee Stars striker and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama have moved to court seeking compensation for illegal use of his image by Menengai Oil Company.
The English Premier League player and the captain of the Kenya National football team Harambee Stars sued the firm for allegedly tweeting using his image against his will.
Menengai, an oil refining company dealing with the production of vegetable oil, sent out a tweet that had Wanyama’s photo in it.
The Tottenham player implies that the tweet was meant to wish Harambee Stars well during the concluded African Cup of Nations Championship.
“If you believe it, you can do it, we at the Menengai would like to wish our boys all the best in the African Cup of Nations,” read the tweet posted by Menengai which thereafter accompanied his photo.
Victor Wanyama is content that the tweet was meant to promote the company’s business and not to show support to the team as was purported.
Wanyama continued to argue that, if the message was meant for the whole team, then the photo comprising the entire team could have been used instead.
He, therefore, wants a court declaration that the actions of the respondent to use his image without his consent has violated his image and personality rights.
The Harambee Stars striker also wants the court to declare that the image published by Menengai Company constitutes a marketing advertisement.
Further, Wanyama wants the court to acknowledge his compensation by the firm as he is entitled to damages from the respondent as a result of his image and rights violation.