by Akan Ido
Opa Williams, show promoter and organizer of the popular show, Nite of a Thousand Laughs has accused the Kukere master, Iyanya of breach of contract for receiving payment to perform at a scheduled event then failing to show up.
Williams was said to have reported the case to the police in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
There are unconfirmed reports that Iyanya’s manager, Ubi-Franklin Ekpong, is currently under arrest at Mile 3 Police Division, in Port Harcourt.
When contacted to comment on the matter, Iyanya dismissed the report that he is wanted by the police.
“Don’t mind them, I am in Abuja,” he said.
Williams is accusing Iyanya of collecting N1.7m to perform at Nite Of A Thousand Laughs in Benin, Edo, and Port Harcourt, Rivers State a few days ago but refused to show up. According to him, all efforts to get through to the artiste proved abortive as his phone was reportedly switched off.
“He has caused me a lot of embarrassment, as people who paid to come and watch him went home disappointed. For 17 years, we have been organizing Nite of A Thousand Laughs and we have built a large followership, I will not allow anybody to destroy the credibility we have as people who deliver on their promises. That’ why we are going to pursue this case (legally) to a logical conclusion and ensure this is the last time Iyanya would do this to anybody,” Williams stated.
“When Iyanya failed to show up at Benin edition, which held on December 26, he called to apologise, promising however to make it up with the Port-Harcourt and Bonny shows. But again, he did not keep to his word,” Williams added.
It was gathered that Iyanya shunned Opa Williams’ event, but performed earlier at another show which held the same day in Port-Harcourt and featured Timaya.
However, Williams’ media Company, Media Image Managers, said, “We are aware of the issue between Opa Williams and hip hop act, Iyanya. The parties are at the moment at Mile 3 Police Division in Port Harcourt. Our client has informed us he is seeking redress in court. However, there are moves to resolve the matter amicably. It is sad that Iyanya would behave in such an unprofessional manner, but then, the police are handling the matter well.”
We shall be watching to see how this ‘case’ gets resolved.