Shatta Wale, a popular dancehall singer, and his former manager, Lawrence Asiamah Hanson, aka Bulldog, have struck an agreement in principle to resolve the defamation claim out of court.
On April 18, 2023, Shatta Wale’s lawyers asked for a month for further negotiations after Bulldog’s lawyers stated the parties had failed to reach a deal.
After a month, Shatta Wale’s lawyers claimed in court that the parties had reached an agreement in principle on settlement terms.
As a result, he asked the court for a month’s adjournment to allow the parties to write the conditions of settlement, which he then submitted to the court for adoption as a consent judgement.
The matter was deferred by the High Court in Accra, presided over by Justice Joseph Adu Agyemang Owusu, after counsel for Bulldog validated information presented to the court that the parties had achieved settlement terms in principle.
Murtala Inusah, EIB Network’s Legal Affairs Correspondent, has learned that one of the stipulations of the settlement includes a public apology to Bulldog.
On March 7, the dancehall performer asked the court, through his lawyer, for an out-of-court settlement, which was granted.
However, when the parties appeared in court on Tuesday, April 18, they were unable to reach an agreement.
Dr Justice Srem Sai, counsel for the Plaintiff (Bulldog), stated that discussions had failed and that the parties were returning to court for further instructions.
However, Shatta Wale’s counsel, Lawyer Selasie Atuwo, stated that both parties are willing to settle the lawsuit, but the difficulty is the sum.
As a result, he requested an adjournment so that the parties could try to resolve the situation.
“The will to settle the case is there for both sides but the issue now is about the quantum of amount. If we may be given a date to try to settle,” lawyer Selasie Atuwo told the court
While adjourning the matter to May 16, the court, presided over by Justice Joseph Adu Agyemang Owusu, advised them to try to settle the case before the next court meeting.
Shatta Wale was sued in court for defamation by Lawrence Asiamah Hanson, popularly known as Bulldog, and the plaintiff is seeking damages for the alleged defamation as well as the defendant’s intentional dissemination of a lie against him.
“The series of publications that Defendant has made and continues to make about the Plaintiff are actuated by plain malice,” the writ filed by Bulldog’s Lawyer, Justice Srem-Sai said.
The plaintiff is seeking the following reliefs:
- A declaration of the Court that the series of publications made by the Defendant as particularised in the Statement of Claim are defamatory to the Plaintiff.
- A declaration of the Court that the series of publications made by the Defendant in the Statement of Claim are malicious.
- An order of the Court directed at the Defendant to on all his social media pages or accounts, make a publication on seven (7) consecutive days of an unqualified retraction of and unreserved apology for the defamatory words that the Defendant has published about the Plaintiff, such retraction and apology to be vetted and approved by the Plaintiff’s lawyers.
- An order of the Court for perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant, his agents, workmen, assigns and servants from publishing or further publishing any defamatory words against the Plaintiff.
- General damages for defamation.
- Special damages for defamation.
- Punitive damages for malicious publication of falsehood against the Plaintiff.
- Cost, and
- Any other orders or remedies that the Court may deem fit
On November 02, 2022, Shatta Wale was said to have made a publication on his Facebook page implicating his former manager, Bulldog in the murder of Fennec Okyere among others.
Upon this the Ghana Police Service opened investigations into the defendant’s publications.
Fennec Okyere, the manager of the controversial musician Kwaw Kese, was murdered by unknown gunmen on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at his Manet Gardens apartment on the Spintex Road in Accra. He died at the age of 31.
The Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) named Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson as a suspect in the death of Fennec Okyere.
This was due to Bullgod (then known as Bulldog), who had a history of feuding with Fennec Okyere, allegedly threatening him in an interview.
Bulldog was discharged by the courts in 2017 after the Attorney-General advised that there was no evidence against the accused.
Shatta Wale lends support to Afua Asantewaa Aduonum’s Guinness World Record sing-a-thon bid
Shatta Wale, a dancehall singer, has turned to social media to show his unflinching support for Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, a broadcast journalist and Women Empowerment Advocate, who is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest solo sing-a-thon in Ghana.
Shatta Wale expressed his delight and encouragement for Asantewaa’s ambitious attempt in a heartfelt message.
He wrote, “I wish I will be there to support this lady… You can do it!!! Let’s goooo
I don’t know you from anywhere, but I want to support and boost your confidence and also let you know you are winning hands down 🙌🙌🥂🥂 Cheers 🍻 👌 #GOGHANA.”
Shatta Wale’s support will boost Asantewaa’s spirit as she strives to achieve a new record with a minimum length of 117 hours and a maximum duration of 120 hours.
Asantewaa previously disclosed that she has acquired formal permission from the Guinness World Records organisation to accomplish the remarkable achievement.
With Shatta Wale’s encouragement and words of encouragement, it’s clear that she has not only captivated the interest of a worldwide audience, but also the backing of one of Ghana’s most popular music giants.
Asantewaa also turned to Facebook to reply to Shatta Wale’s words of support, writing, “I am grateful for the love shown me.”
Ghanaian journalist hopes to break the Guinness World Record for a 105-hour singathon
The Guinness World Record mania that swept across Nigeria a few months ago has now reached Ghana, with Afua Asantewaa Aduonum trying to break the record for the longest solo singathon.
Afua, a broadcast journalist and Women Empowerment Advocate claimed that the worldwide record business has given her permission to accomplish this feat.
Her objective is to break the record with a minimum time of 117 hours and a maximum time of 120 hours.
Sunil Waghmare of India now holds the record, having sung for 105 hours from March 3rd to March 7th, 2012.
Mr Eazi: Sarkodie and Mugeez salvaged my career
Mr Eazi, global Afrobeats singer, investor, and entrepreneur, recently told a touching anecdote about how renowned Ghanaian musicians Sarkodie and Mugeez saved his career during his university days.
Mr Eazi, who began as an event organiser in college, had a difficult experience when some of the performers he had engaged for an award show were unable to come owing to budgetary restrictions.
“In my early days as an event organizer at the university, I faced a situation where some artists I had booked for an award show couldn’t attend due to monetary issues.
People caught me, and that’s when upcoming artists in my school started being my friends, allowing me to book them for events. Although we lost more money than we made throwing parties, we continued because we loved having projects and seeing them come together. So, we transitioned to award shows, and I organized the first social awards at my university,” Mr Eazi narrated.
He recalls booking Sarkodie, R2Bees, and Wande Coal for the event as a student. Unfortunately, Wande Coal did not attend the concert, leading to the widespread belief that Mr. Eazi had fled with the money. In reflecting on the difficult circumstance, Mr Eazi stated, “I didn’t know that he [Wande Coal] didn’t receive his full money.”
Despite financial restrictions and unfinished business, Mr. Eazi addressed Sarkodie and Mugeez with humility.
“I remember begging Sarkodie, who was owed $2,500.00, pleading with him even though I hadn’t paid him completely. He came on stage, saving me with his presence. That’s why, till today, R2Bees’ Mugeez is more than a friend; he’s a brother. He came, jumped on stage, and killed it,” Mr Eazi expressed
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