A United States-based show promoter, Emmanuel Chinyere Uzoh, has accused Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, and his mum who also doubles as his manager, Bose Ogulu, of extortion.
Uzoh, who is the CEO of Gold Moola Entertainment, made the allegation against Burna Boy and his mum on the company’s official Instagram handle on Tuesday.
He said the singer refused to perform at a scheduled show despite being paid in full.
He wrote: Bose Ogulu attempted to extort me of $10,000. After the agreed sum was paid in full, she proceeded to ask for an additional $10,000(sic).
“After the balance was paid in full, he posted and confirmed his attendance. That’s when Bose told me that I had to pay another $10k before he comes downstairs.
“I realized that I was being extorted. At that point, I no longer wanted to move forward with the deal. This was around 1:10 am. He was set to arrive at the club at 12:45 am. Once I requested a refund of the $15,000 that was paid that night, (The deposit was paid on October 7th in Los Angeles) that was when he posted this cancelled flyer.
“When I realised what was happening, I decided to pull from the show completely. I asked for the $15k balance that was paid on the night and they refused to return the money.
“After hours of negotiations in the hotel lobby, the entire team snuck out of the hotel through the back exit to avoid us.”
Uzoh also stated that the details of the incident that transpired between him and the singer’s management were not captured in full by the Instagram story but promised that the law would take its course.
“These are just the primary details of what happened on the 31st of October in Houston, Texas. Because I didn’t fall for the demands of extortion, I was robbed of over $50,000 and my name was left to be slandered in the city I love. We will allow the law to finish what they started. I pride myself on being a stand-up guy, especially in the entertainment industry.
“My only demand at this point is a refund. You were paid for a service that you didn’t complete. Be a stand-up guy and kindly return my money @burnaboygram,” Uzoh added.
There have been no comments or responses from Burna Boy, his mum and his management regarding the allegations