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Akwa Ibom Show Promoter Demands N10m From Duncan Mighty For Breaching Contract

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A sum of N10 million has been slammed on a popular Nigerian musician, Duncan Wene Mighty Okechukwu, also known as Duncan Mighty, over an alleged breach of contractual obligation to perform live at the grand opening festival of Resorts Carabana in Uyo, AkwaIbom State.
Duncan Mighty was said to have collected a sum of N3 million as a fee to perform as the guest artist during the grand opening from the promoter of the resort, MrNseEssien, but he failed to show up.
In a letter dated January, 7, 2022, and addressed to Duncan Mighty by MrEssien’s lawyer, InibeheEffiong (Esq), the breach of contract has caused a lot of mental distress, financial loss, negative business rating and reputational damage to the organisers after wide publicity of his (Duncan Mighty) presence at the occasion.
The lawyer, in addition to the payment for damages, demanded the refund of N3 million and an unreserved public apology which must be published as video on his Instagram page.
Part of the letter obtained by our correspondent read thus, “You entered into a Contract with our client, under which you accepted our client’s offer to perform as a guest artist at the grand opening festival of Resorts Carabana held in Uyo on the 2nd day of January, 2022.
“By the mutually agreed terms of the contract, the consideration for your appearance and musical performance at the event was N2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) in addition to the sum of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) for business class air tickets since you insisted on traveling by air to Uyo with two members of your crew.
“Our client dutifully fulfilled his obligations under the contract by paying the sum of N3,000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) in two tranches of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira) and N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) respectively being the cumulative amount accruable to you for your live performance and flight/travel expenses.
“Being a public event, our client embarked on rigorous publicity and spent significant amount of money on advertorials announcing to the whole world that you, Duncan Mighty, will be performing live at the said event.
“To the utter consternation and indescribable embarrassment of our client, you failed or refused to attend the well-publicized event. As a direct result of your absence at the event, our client has suffered emotional distress, psychological trauma, financial loses, reputational damage, negative business rating and public odium.
“Our client has further briefed us that neither you, nor any member of your team, deemed it pertinent to reach out to our client after defaulting on your contractual obligation. You treated our client with contempt, not minding that our client had publicized your invitation to the event and spent considerable amount of money in furtherance of same.
“It is the light of the foregoing that we demand the following from you: Refund of the sum of N3,000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) paid into your account by our client which you have not earned, having failed to fulfil the purpose for which the money was paid by our client to you.
“Publish a video on your Instagram page apologizing unreservedly to our client, his guests and members of the public who came to the event in expectation of your attendance and live performance.
Pay the sum of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) to our client as damages for the breach of your contractual obligation, the resultant embarrassment, mental distress, reputational damage and financial loses occasioned to our client on account of your failure to perform at the event.”
The letter concluded with a warning that failure to meet the demands within 48 hours of the receipt of the form would make them take legal measures against him.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Entertainment, David Sergeant (UtangAkwaIbom), said the promoters of the event can always seek redress in the court of law.
According to him, “the ideal thing is to take the person to court, that is a breach of contract and it’s against the law. Alternatively, if the person explains to the promoters the reason he or she could not come and refund the money, then the lawsuit may not be neccessary.”
However, all efforts to reach Duncan Mighty, to get his own side of the story, proved abortive as all the calls put across to him as well as text messages and an email were ignored.

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Blood Sisters Hits New Milestone, Netflix’s Top 10 List Of TV Shows

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Nigeria’s debut Netflix original series ‘Blood Sisters’ has hit a major global milestone with a highly coveted spot on Netflix’s top ten global list of TV shows.
The series released on May 5 is currently number nine on the list with 11 million views recorded in its first week.
Confirming the series latest milestone, Executive Producer, Mo Abudu, wrote on Instagram:
“Blood sisters has made the netflix top ten global list of tv shows, with eleven million hours viewed in the last five days in our first week of launch.this is our time, a tv show made in nigeria for the world.
“From the analysis of this list, we have performed better than some shows made in the UK and the United States of America!!! Last but not the least, I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone that has taken time to watch. Thanks for taking Blood Sisters to the world.”
Written by Craig Freimond, ‘Blood Sisters’ follows best friends on the run after one accidentally murders the other’s abusive fiancé, hours to their wedding. The four-part limited series is directed by Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang with creator credits going to Temidayo Makanjuola.
The series stars Ini Dima-Okojie and Nancy Isime in the lead with Kate Henshaw, Kehinde Bankole, Gabriel Afolayan, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Wale Ojo and Genoveva Umeh in supporting roles.
Since its premiere, the series has topped the charts in over 20 countries including the United Kingdom and France.

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We Know Nothing About Genevieve’s Condition -Actors Guild

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has reacted to rumours about the health status of actress, Genevieve Nnaji.
The star actress with about 8.5m followers on Instagram deleted her pictures and video on the platform after she shared some cryptic messages.
This has raised concerns about her safety.
Reacting to the development, the President of the AGN, Emeka Rolland, told The Tide source that he was not aware of Genevieve’s exit on Instagram.
“I will have to reach out to her since I am just getting this news from you now. I have not learnt of that.
“I’ll reach out to her to know whether she is safe or not after your call. I cannot just conclude with hearsay or rumour,” he said.

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Songs, Praises As Church Celebrates Mothers’ Day

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Last weekend witnessed harvest of songs and thanksgiving as the Baptist Convention Worldwide celebrated this year’s annual Mothers’ Day with the theme: ‘Women as Family Backbone’, amidst thanksgiving, praise and worship in all the Baptist Churches across the state.
In his sermon, at the First Baptist Church, Rumuche Emohua, Rivers State, the Clergy, Rev. Dr Paulinus O. Ezeonye, said, “The day is set aside by the Baptist Convention Worldwide to honour women globally for their numerous contributions towards maintenance of peace, upkeep of the family, well-being of the society and the propagation of the gospel of Christ across the world.”
The event featured gospel music fiesta, Coral rendition, Thanksgiving and Awards, among the awardees was Madam Justina Morrison Ehuruche who was elevated to the position of “Ezinne” which literally means Good Mother, Women Leader, one of the highest recognitions for women in the church.
The Vicar said the award to Madam Justina Morrison Ehuruche was based on her outstanding performance and selfless service to the growth of the Baptist Church in Emohua Community and the well-being of members of the church, among others.
The Reverend described Ezinne as a virtuous woman, as he maintained that the honour bestowed on her was well-deserved. To buttress the action of the church, Rev (Dr) Ezeonye quoted Proverbs chapter 3 vs 27-28 which states, “Do not withdraw your good to those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neigbhour go and come again tomorrow when you have it with you”. He also stressed that the divine gesture would spur other women to work harder in the Lord’s vineyard.
In her vote of thanks, Madam Justina Morrison Ehuruche thanked God and the church for lifting her up among women and promised to work more for the growth of the Christian faith in Emohua Community because to whom much is given, much is also expected.

By: Jacob Obinna &Nancy Briggs

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