Highlife legend, Amakye Dede has sued Ghanaian rapper, Trigmatic over some defamatory comments the latter made about the Asante Akyem Agogo sub-chief.
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Trigmatic, who is known in real life as Enock Nana Yaw Oduro Agyei, had earlier stated that Amakye Dede does not write his own songs but employs the services of a 'ghostwriter' who puts together the beautiful songs he has to his name.
In his statement of claim sighted in the Daily Guide newspaper, Amakye Dede whose has over 40 years experience in music, stated that on October 15 2019, his attention was drawn to a publication on a website, www.ghgossip.com which read, “Amakye Dede does not write his own songs” attributed to Trigmatic.
This has not sat well with the highlife living legend and has moved him to file a lawsuit against the rapper.
Some excerpts of the issue spotted in a statement from the quarters of the Iron Boy singer has surfaced online.
“In their natural and ordinary meaning, the words published by the defendant (Trigmatic) referred to and were understood to refer to the plaintiff (Amakye Dede) and they meant and they were understood to mean (a) that the plaintiff is incapable of writing his own songs. (b) That plaintiff’s songs are written by someone else for him to sing or produce. (c) That plaintiff’s stature and legendary status must be taken with a pinch of salt. (d) That the height, popularity and the fame the plaintiff has achieved in the music circles over the years are not genuine and that the esteem and reverence people hold and have for him as well as the nation on the plaintiff as an ace and top-class musician should be reconsidered,” the statement said.
Amakye Dede disclosed that immediately Trigmatic was credited with the story on the website, people started calling him to find out if he actually wrote all the songs he has to his name or contracted someone to write them for him as alleged by Trigmatic.
According to Amakye Dede, he became disturbed by the phone calls "and is still disturbed" that people think he does not write his own songs.
The statement noted that apart from ill-will, ill-motive, pull-him-down play and a grand scheme to rubbish his achievements, nothing else could have motivated Trigmatic to make those claims about him (Amakye Dede) and that Trigmatic intended to defame him.
Trigmatic is said to have later confirmed his defamatory comments on Zylofon FM.
Amakye Dede added that by Trigmatic's publication, his reputation has been ridiculed, adding that Trigmatic’s words used in his publication have lowered his personal image, reverence and esteem before the right-thinking members of the society both locally and internationally.
The statement, however, declared that per Trigmatic's defamatory words on Amakye Dede, he is likely to have diminished show contracts and low attendance to his shows.
The statement of claim is seeking the following: (a) A declaration that the defendant’s words published of plaintiff are defamatory. (b) General damages for libel contained in the defendant’s publication indorsed by way of attachment and particularized paragraph 11.
(c) Aggravated damages arising from libel published by the defendant of the plaintiff to the sum of GH¢1, 000, 000 against the defendant.
(d) Cost, including lawyer’s fees. (e) Any further relief or orders as the court may deem meet.
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