Legendary Ghanaian highlife singer Amakye Dede has sued his younger colleague, Trigmatic, for defamation.
Amakye Dede is unhappy after Trigmatic alleged that he doesn’t write his own songs.
For a legend like the Abrantie, the accusation hit really hard. So even though Trigmatic apologized a few days after his statement, he’s still been sued.
In a statement of claim filed by his lawyers, Amakye alleges the comments were intentionally malicious and meant to bring his legendary status into disrepute.
“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,”
Amakye is seeking the following reliefs from the court…
(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.