Controversial Ghanaian act, Shatta Wale has explained the reason behind his absence on Stage at the Just concluded Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards, which held at the Accra International Centre (AICC), on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
In an interview with Sammy Flex on Zylofon FM’s “ShowBiz Agenda”, Shatta Wale disclosed that there was no contract between him and CAF. He alleged that someone tried to defraud him by engaging the organisers without the consent of his management.
According to him, the fellow whose identity is unknown to him, told his management that CAF was offering him $30,000 for the performance which he thought was a disrespectful offer to his brand but took the money as a gift.
In his words;
“I don’t have a contract with CAF. Nobody had contacted me. Two days to the event, then someone contacted me that CAF is offering $30,000. I have worked with CAF before and I know they don’t do things like that. Some of us should be very careful in this country. We are killing ourselves. I need to be paid well. This is my home. I have taken the money and nobody can take it from me because I didn’t sign any contract with anybody. I don’t know why somebody can just go and collect $30,000, come and give it to me and tell me to go and perform while I’ve not seen my contract,” he said.
“When they (CAF) wanted me in Nigeria last year, they wrote emails two months to the event before we were able to seal a deal. We had a schedule. Here in Ghana, two days to the event, someone will call me and say he has $30,000, rush and come meet my manager. As a smart man, I’ll save the $30,000 first and that’s what I did. I then asked them to go and bring the contract to show who agreed that I take such an amount for a show of that nature. So disrespectful!” he fumed.
Shatta Wale further stated that his manager managed to convince him to perform despite the situation but he got angry about the fact that he was not allowed to do sound-check.
“We were told we can’t have our sound check because they had closed. Meanwhile, the Nigerian acts had been allowed to do theirs. I drove my car and came back home. I don’t like nonsense!” he fumed again.
Despite the fact that the event was held in Ghana, about five Nigerian artistes performed while Efya and KiDi opened and closed the show respectively. Even though it was advertised that Shatta Wale would perform on the night, he was conspicuously missing.