Wanyama takes legal action against oil firm over use of image in Tweet

Victor Wanyama
Tottenham and Kenya star Victor Wanyama. Photo: Soccer.ru (used under the Creative Commons Licence)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and Kenya captain Victor Wanyama has taken legal action against Menengai Oil Refineries Limited over the use of his image in a Tweet.

During the African Cup of Nations, the company tweeted an image, which has since been deleted, of the midfielder with a message wishing the Kenyan team success during the tournament in Egypt.

“If you believe it, you can do it, we at the Menengai would like to wish our boys all the best in the Africa Cup of Nations,” the Tweet said.

However, Wanyama has said he feels that rather than to wish the team success, the use of his image was intended to promote the company’s products.

As such, Wanyama has called on Nairobi’s Milimani Court to rule that the company contravened his image and personality rights.

Wanyama, who believes he is eligible for damages, told the Citizen: “If the message was meant for the whole team, photo comprising the entire team could have been used.”

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