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National Cathedral: Secretariat refutes claims of $50k payment to Sonnie Badu

BY: Kweku Zurek
Sonnie Badu
Sonnie Badu

The National Cathedral Secretariat says no payment was made to gospel musician Sonnie Badu for his performance during the fundraising launch of the facility in the United States of America in 2019.

“There are reports of the payment of $50,000 to the singer, Sonnie Badu for his performance at the launch of the National Cathedral Fundraising in Washington DC in February 8, 2019.

“The Secretariat of the National Cathedral has not paid any money, neither is it aware of any such payment, to Sonnie Badu,” a statement signed by Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, the Executive Director of the National Cathedral of Ghana dated June 21, 2022 said.

This follows claims on social media that the musician was paid $50,000 for singing 5 minutes 15 seconds at the launch of Ghana National Cathedral in the USA.

Badu speaks

Mr Badu in a reaction on Instagram also debunked the claims.

He stated that anyone who collected such a payment should ensure that he was paid.

He posted: "I did not collect a penny, in fact I stood outside with my team until I was called to minister because I was told there were no seats lol. At least, whoever collected the $50,000usd in my name, should give me half of it, or bring all of it since you created a budget for me … Mr. president, I don’t know what they are talking about so please look into it."

Mr Badu's management also issued a statement indicating that the organizers of the fundraiser explained to the team that the programme was a charity event and that they would give them something but after the programme they disappeared.

They added that their artiste and the team were not even given seats to sit on after their performance.