According to reports gathered by Nigeriafilms.com, some angry US fans have alleged Banky W and his EME team of defrauding them of their hard earn money over the sudden cancellation of EME US tour that should have been held in California in August.
As we gathered, after Banky W cancelled his show in July 2011, efforts by some fans, who had earlier bought ticket for the show, to get refund of their money or get the show rescheduled as promised by EME has been successful.
The 2011 tour was then organised by Royal Entertainment. After much hype made on that concert and the almost sold out ticket for the event, and its eventual cancellation, no refund was made. Reason for the cancellation, according to reports then was that Wizkid and Skales were denied US visas.
This was followed by an apology released by Banky W which reads; "As far as the EME tour goes… it hurts me to say we tried our very best to pull it off. We did everything we were supposed to. Twice.
Truth is, there were some issues that are beyond our control, and we kept pushing, trying to resolve 'em. We worked hard and spent a sh*t load of money in the process… but it wasn't under our control.
In anycase, we're STILL working on resolving said issues. And the minute they are, we'll launch a couple of make up dates immediately. I want to give a shoutout to all the fans who have been so patient with us.
I promise, we're trying our very best. It sucks but we're trying. They say "U live and U learn". We've learnt too many painful lessons from this whole experience. We'll be back stronger in Jesus Name.
If you bought tickets already, ur entitled to a full refund. Trust me we'd rather be rocking with u than losing money, so, pls understand. And lastly, we will resolve these issues we're having. And the minute we do, we'll put together a couple of make up dates.
I'll be the first to let you know when that's happening, I promise'. Thank you, I'm very very sorry. But I promise we'll make it up. Stick with us we'll make this work."
After this apology, Nigeriafilms.com heard it from good authorities that uptill now, no refund has been made either by EME or Royal Entertainment, which promoted the concert.
So, when news went round again some hours ago that EME crew have cancelled another show, fans got angry due to their past experiences. This year's California show was scheduled for August 17, 2012, in Oakland, CA.
Funnily, Royal Entertainment was not contacted this year but EME contacted Eche Emole, which is a promoter for Royal Entertainment.
After the California show cancellation, Banky W released another apology on twitter which reads; "Hey folks...The Cali and Canada stops on the tour have unfortunately been cancelled. Due to circumstances way beyond anyone's control.
"Truthfully it takes a lot to put on a tour. A million and one factors go into it. Along the way, sadly, sometimes, inevitably, things go wrong. And when it's out of your control, there's not much you can do about it at that point but learn lessons and do better next time.
Truth be told, we take a pay cut while attempting something like this. A serious one. But that's okay cuz of the love the fans have shown us and the love we have for them in return. We're not in the business of blame games and pointing fingers. When poo hits the fan, we all look bad.
So our sincere deepest apologies go to the fans in Cali and Canada, who wanted to be at the shows.. You will get refunded 100% for ur tickets. On behalf of EME and the promoters, we're all very sorry about Cali and Canada. We will work tirelessly to make this up to the fans there.
With that being said DC, Chicago and ATL will definitely still be happening and we'll do our absolute best 2 make them the best shows possible. We really do appreciate all of the support, love and even the criticism.
We're working to make sure yall remain proud of us. Thank you. Thank u very much for your understanding. We appreciate you all. And we don't take any of you for granted. We wouldn't be here without yall.
Like I said, DC, Chicago, and atlanta will still be happening; and we're going to put on the best shows possible for you guys there. Thanks again. God bless y'all. God go make all of us bigger. We're grateful and we Love y'all forever for sticking with us."
A look at the 2011 and 2012 apologies by Banky W show similarities, but the fear by some of the angry fans is that in 2011, Banky W promised a refund which some have still not received till date. With this latest development, some are sceptical about his promise to make a 100 percent refund.
We also gathered that there have been calls from the promoters to Banky W but he has reportedly refused to respond. When a fan (@ogidika) asked Banky W on twitter why the show was cancelled, he allegedly blocked him on twitter.
Some fans have accused Banky W of fraudulently duping them of their monies in broad day light. Some have called for the prosecution of the singer and should be made to pay compensation and make total refund of their money for the purchase of tickets for the show.