Popular Nigerian artiste, Tiwa Savage, recently revealed that she is being blackmailed over a sex tape involving her and her current partner. The blackmailer is demanding money.

Tiwa stated that the sex tape has been made available to her and she confirms the authenticity of it.

According to her, the first thing she did was to forward the video to her manager for advice (not for the manager’s viewing pleasure). But was it not enough to call the manager explaining the situation rather than forwarding the video?

Tiwa’s defence

Well, regardless of whatever else might be the intentions of the blackmailer, Tiwa has made it clear she wasn’t going to part with a dime and refuses to be ashamed.

Her reason is that she committed no crime because having sex is “doing something natural.” She also boasted that she has the nerves to release the video herself. To her, there’s no guarantee that after paying, the video won’t still find its way into the public domain. Worse still, payment might be for eternity.

Knowing the effect the release of the video (whether by herself or by the blackmailer) might have on her son, Tiwa is prepared to brace him up for possible future “attacks” by any rude fellow who may wish to upset him. Beyond this, Tiwa mustn’t forget to advise her son against premarital sex or making video of the act while at it.

Smart move

Tiwa is smart. She made the right move by releasing the statement in an attempt to seriously play down the situation. She leaves her blackmailer feeling defeated or challenged.

If the blackmailer has the nerves to release the video, he or she may be possibly traced eventually, no matter how long it takes. Blackmail is a criminal action, as well as any unauthorized release of the sex tape without the victims’ consent.

The errors

Having said that, it is true that having sex is something natural. But making a video of it is not. By making such video, in spite of the numerous opinions against such practices, Tiwa is perhaps further confirming that she’s actually as crazy as she claims.

But the partner might not be. We were told that he is a regular guy, not famous. But he might become famous eventually if the video sneaks out.

How did the video leak?

How the video got into the hands of the third party (blackmailer) is worrisome. The “something natural” was not a threesome. Tiwa said her lover accidentally uploaded the video on Snapchat but immediately deleted it upon realising the error. Thus, the upload by her unfamous lover wasn’t an infamous conduct but a mistake.

This brings us to the second part of the unfortunate situation. Not only was the sexual activity recorded, it was uploaded. This too isn’t something natural but silly.

Tiwa has come in quick defence of her team, even when the arguably most important member of her team (her lover) deserves a knock on the head. He may still get it at least before being treated with something natural ever again.

What next?

Perhaps, Tiwa can leave it at that without involving the law enforcement agents at this stage, bearing in mind that before any investigation can be carried out, the officers must see the video first, even though ‘reluctantly.’

Stephen Azubuike
Author: Stephen Azubuike
Stephen is a lawyer with expertise in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Technology Law practice. He is a Partner at Infusion Lawyers. He has successfully argued cases from the High Courts of various jurisdictions to the Appellate Courts on behalf of financial institutions, other corporate bodies and multinationals. He has worked with a number of startup tech companies. He tweets @siazubuike.


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