From Childhood Friends to Legal Partners: The Bobo Ajudua and Davido Story
Inside the World of Entertainment Law: A Candid Conversation with Bobo Ajudua
Bobo Ajudua, Principal Partner at BFA and Co Legal, and Davido’s lawyer, has opened up about his upbringing, education, and relationship with the pop star.
Ajudua, whose parents were both lawyers, recounted his experiences growing up as an only child, highlighting the pressure to excel in his pursuits. His passion for football and success in captaining teams began during his time at the American International School, Victoria Island, Lagos, and continued at the British International School, Oniru, Lagos.
Ajudua attended the University of Essex in the United Kingdom before being called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. His decision to establish his own law firm was driven by the increasing amount of work he received from friends in the entertainment industry, including Davido, and the need to create a structure to support his legal practice. Ajudua credited his former boss, Norrison Quakers (SAN), for his support during this time.
Having known Davido since their time at the British International School, Ajudua detailed their relationship and how they reconnected after he returned to Nigeria from the UK. Ajudua now serves as Davido’s personal lawyer and a part of his management team, alongside Asa Asika. He expressed his gratitude for the friendship they have built over the years.
In his words;
David and I go back many years. We attended BIS together. He was one of my school sons back in the day. He was a terror then, and he is a terror now. There was a two or three year gap between us. At that time, most seniors did not relate with their juniors, but I had my favourites. Though we did not have much in common, we bonded in a weird way. Whenever school was on break, we used to keep in touch through MSN messenger. Once in a while, I would login to the messenger service and receive messages from one annoying junior student (David Adeleke ) saying, “Hey big bro, I have started singing, and there is this cool song I want you to listen to.” As cool as I was back then, I did not need to be speaking to any junior, but something in me was just never rude to him. I was always warm and receptive; and I would tell him to send the song.
I recall that some of the melodies back then were not bad. As far as I’m concerned, David has always been a genius; but, I thought he was better off facing his books. Another time, he sent me a message, saying he had started taking vocal lessons. Till date, I have a lot of old and unreleased songs from him from back in the day when we were teenagers. When I left BIS and moved to Cambridge, we kept in touch and have been good friends. He always respected me as a senior that he could trust, and I always had a fondness for him.
Some years down the line, he had started doing music and was making waves. On my part, I went to the university to study. After I graduated and moved back to Nigeria, he popped out again from the woodwork, and said he wanted me to be his lawyer.
At that time, nobody was trying to be an entertainment lawyer. Lawyers were trying to go to court, get the big briefs, work for big companies, and defend successful people. When I moved back to Nigeria, we met and continued our relationship. The next thing I knew was that I became his personal lawyer and that of his family. After a while, he got me to come onboard fully as part of his management team. A lot of people do not know that Davido is co-managed by me and Asa Asika. This is, in fact, the first time I will be saying this publicly. The structure is a seamless one. Asa is his entertainment manager, while I am his legal and business manager. We spread the work between ourselves.
In addition to his legal career, Ajudua has a passion for football, the arts, and fashion. He also secures deals for celebrities and believes that healthy competition between stars like Davido and Wizkid is driven by their fans. To unwind, Ajudua enjoys spending time with his family and playing football.
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