Akwa Ibom show promoter needs N10m from Duncan Mighty for breaching agreement

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An amount of N10 million has been slammed on a popular Nigerian artist, Duncan Wene Mighty Okechukwu, likewise known as Duncan Mighty, over a supposed breach of contractual responsibility to carry out live at the grand opening festival of Resorts Carabana in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Duncan Mighty was stated to have collected a sum of N3 million as a cost to carry out as the visitor artist throughout the grand opening from the promoter of the resort, Mr Nse Essien, but he stopped working to show up.

In a letter dated January, 7, 2022, and resolved to Duncan Mighty by Mr Essien’s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong (Esq), the breach of agreement has triggered a lot of psychological distress, monetary loss, unfavorable organization ranking and reputational damage to the organisers after broad promotion of his (Duncan Mighty) presence at the celebration.

The attorney, in addition to the payment for damages, required the refund of N3 million and an unreserved public apology which
should be released as video on his Instagram page.

Part of the letter obtained by our correspondent read hence, “You entered into a Contract with our client, under which you accepted our client’s offer to carry out as a visitor artist at the grand opening festival of Resorts Carabana held in Uyo on the 2nd day of January, 2022.

“By the equally concurred regards to the contract, the consideration for your look and musical efficiency 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 organization class air tickets since you demanded traveling by air to Uyo with 2 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 2 tranches of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira) and N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) respectively being the cumulative quantity accruable to you for your live efficiency and flight/travel costs.

“Being a public event, our customer embarked on rigorous promotion and invested considerable quantity of money on advertorials revealing to the entire world that you, Duncan Mighty, will be performing live at the stated occasion.

“To the utter consternation and indescribable shame of our client, you refused or stopped working to attend the well-publicized occasion. As a direct outcome of your absence at the event, our client has actually suffered psychological distress, psychological injury, financial loses, reputational damage, unfavorable company score and public odium.

“Our customer has actually further briefed us that neither you, nor any member of your group, deemed it important to reach out to our customer after defaulting on your legal obligation. You treated our client with contempt, not minding that our client had publicized your invitation to the event and spent considerable quantity of money in furtherance of exact same.

“It is the light of the foregoing that we require the following from you: Refund of the sum of N3,000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) paid into your account by our customer which you have not earned, having actually stopped working to satisfy the purpose for which the money was paid by our customer to you.

“Publish a video on your Instagram page saying sorry unreservedly to our client, his visitors and members of the public who concerned the event in expectation of your participation and live efficiency.

Pay the sum of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) to our customer as damages for the breach of your contractual commitment, the resultant embarrassment, psychological distress, reputational damage and financial loses occasioned to our client on account of your failure to carry out at the occasion.”

The letter concluded with a caution that failure to fulfill the demands within 48 hours of the invoice of the type would make then take legal measures against him.

When gotten in touch with, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Entertainment, David Sergeant (Utang Akwa Ibom), said the promoters of the occasion can constantly look for redress in the court of law.

According to him, “the perfect thing is to take the individual to court, that is a breach of contract and it’s against the law. Additionally, if the individual describes to the promoters the reason he or she might not reimburse the money and come, then the suit may not be neccessary.”

Nevertheless, all efforts to reach Duncan Mighty, to get his own side of the story, proved abortive as all the calls put across to him in addition to text messages and an e-mail were disregarded.

Click here to see the letter.