By Lolade Sowoolu
From time to time, news of artistes defaulting onÂ Â performance agreement filter in and when they (indicted artistes) are contacted by the press over such matters, they manage to defend themselves. Only last month, pop singer Dâ€™banjâ€™s manager; Sunday Are exonerated his act in one of such allegations involving millions.
Now, the batonâ€™s swinging in marijuana-smoking, talented producer turned artiste- Terry Gâ€™s direction. The young man accorded with production credits for hits like â€˜Aiye Po ganâ€™, â€˜Pass me your loveâ€˜ and Free me now (which he sang), has been accused of fleeing with the sum of N500, 000, being payment for his performance at a graduation party at the University of Benin.
The money was allegedly paid directly to the producer himselfÂ by Cyril Emiko son of Surveyor G.T Emiko for special guest appearance at Cyrilâ€™s graduation party which held on the 29th of January this year. In addition to the performance fee, Terry allegedly collected money for five return tickets for his travel party.
The party was publicised all over the campus. Hotel rooms were allegedly booked and vehicles made available to convey the artiste and his crew when he arrived. Cyril was disappointed and aghast when the artiste refused to show up without reason and has received no refund ( as at press time).
Hence, it was a furious father who called up Dele Abiodun; the president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), this week, to lodge complain.
Unfortunately, Terry G is not a member of PMAN and the aggrieved father, Surveyor Emiko – who sponsored the party with the sum of N750, 000, is threatening to get the police involved and possibly go to court over the loss.
When a call was placed through to the artisteâ€™s mobile phone, the receiver who said he was Terry Gâ€™s Personal Assistant said, â€˜Are you the only one that does not know that Terry G is out of the country? Have a good day, gentlemanâ€™. And the line went dead.
While we await the controversial singer and producerâ€™s return to hear his side of the story- if he will comment, friends of Terry G are urged to wade into the matter and seek a calm resolve.