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Paul Okoye sues Wale for no show concert in New York #OneAfricaMusicFest

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Paul Okoye, through his company Upfront & Personal, has filed a lawsuit against Wale claiming breach of contract, as a result of a no show, at the historic #OneAfricaMusicFest concert held in July in New York. Okoye/Upfront claim they paid Wale $25,000 in advance for his services. If you all recall, Wale was scheduled to perform but failed to show because, according to reports, he was allegedly tending to the birth of his first and only child.

Wale has since responded saying his ex-manager booked the show and was paid the $25,000, not him, thereby suggesting fraud on the part of his ex-manager. This argument is similar to the argument we saw in the Chris Ubosi and Megalectrics v. Rihanna, Jay-Z/Roc Nation case

However, there is a big probability the parties will resolve this case prior to trial, unless Wale has strong evidence showing a lack of formation of a contract with Okoye/Upfront, and is willing to take the fight all the way to trial.

“UPDATE: 2:20 PM PT — Wale’s current rep tells us the rapper’s ex-manager booked the show, and took the money for it. The rep says Wale never saw a dime and the ex-manager never returned the cash.

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Wale took a bag of money to headline a concert, but dropped a lotus flower bomb on it when he skipped the show and kept the cash … this according to a new lawsuit.

Upfront and Personal Global, the promoters who say they hired Wale for a performance in NYC this summer, just filed suit against the D.C. rapper claiming to have paid him $25k with nothing to show for it come the day of.

In the docs — obtained by TMZ — Upfront shows an alleged signed contract between Wale’s camp and the company, plus 2 wire transfers for $12.5k a piece. They claim after Wale bailed on the show, he went radio silent on ’em when asked for a refund…”

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