I really don’t like the way and manner 2014 Ghana Music Award Artist of the Year, Shatta Wale, real name Charles Nii Armah, keeps pleading Charterhouse for an out of court settlement – because, it makes him appear guilty before trial or passage of verdict by the court.
On 2nd October 2014, Charterhouse sued Shatta Wale for defamation seeking damages of GH¢10million. This was after the self-acclaimed Dancehall King, accused the events company and its CEO, Iyiola Ayoade, of being corrupt and “foolish” in 4 separate videos – warning them to stop denying musicians from other regions of Ghana the needed recognition.
An Accra Fast Track High Court on Monday October 20, 2014 sat to hear the case involving owner of event Management Company, Charterhouse and its CEO, Mr. Iyiola Ayoade and self-acclaimed Dancehall King, Shatta Wale, real name Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr.
In the main case of defamation, Shatta Wale’s lawyer pleaded with the court extensively for an out of court settlement and asked for one month within which they believe by then the case might have been settled amicably between the two parties.
Again, just last week Thursday, 13th Nov, 2014, when the case was opened, counsel for Shatta Wale pleaded the court for an out of court settlement. Reliable information I have shows that counsel for Shatta has officially written to Charterhouse even before their last week court hearing.
Meanwhile, PRO of Charterhouse, Mr. George Nii Armah Quaye, has disclosed to several media houses – Razz Newspaper, GhanaCelebrities.Com, Neat FM, Peace FM, and others that though counsel for Shatta Wale is pleading for out of court settlement, Charterhouse will not settle for that.
The germane questions I ask are: why is counsel for Shatta Wale pleading for an out of court settlement of the case? Should the public believe it’s the counsel that is pleading and not necessarily Shatta Wale? Obviously, when the counsel of Shatta speaks, Shatta has spoken!
So do we take it that Shatta’s plea for an out of court settlement of the case, is an admission of regret for his conduct or enough to rubbish all the allegations he made in those 4 separate videos he uploaded unto social media – that, Charterhouse has not given him his price money for the awards he won at this year’s VGMA, management of GhOne convened a meeting with the sole agenda of not showing Shatta’s music videos on their TV channel, VGMA is not credible, amongst others?
In all of this drama, lawyer for Charterhouse Mr. Egbert Faibelle, has also opined that he and his client, Charterhouse, want to see the full life span of this case in court. Shatta’s father has also owed up to opine on the issue: “I’m not disturbed by my son fighting for his rights. My son is like me because I personally dislike cheating.”
So why is Shatta hiding behind his counsel and pleading? What is he afraid of? I feel Shatta is disappointing his staunch fan base who believes in what he said in those videos! He is actually making haters and those who don’t agree with him pooh-pooh him! He is making a mockery of himself with those pleas! He is feeding into the impression that he will lose this case at all cost!
I urge management of Shatta Wale to stop pleading Charterhouse and rather gather hardcore evidence to win this case and become the HEROE in this regard – else, he has soiled his own image, credibility, and career. I cross my fingers to see how this case plays out till it dies out. Until then…MOTWUM!!