The battle between Ubi Franklin and Iyanya rages on, as the Made Men Music boss has come out to explain why he didn’t pay Iyanya proceeds from Tekno’s music
In a recent interview, Ubi Franklin addressed the issue Iyanya raised about disliking Tekno.
The businessman turned politician explained that he and Iyanya met up with Tekno in Abuja for a song. The latter was being featured in the former's single, 'Ekaette', and Ubi saw raw talent in the youngster when he did one take on a song of 16 bars.
Immediately Tekno finished recording his part, Ubi approached him and asked if he was signed to a record label and Tekno answered that he was signed to Upfront and Personal.
Ubi gave him his card, telling him how he loved his talent and believed he could be much more, with the conclusion that when Tekno's contract expired he should contact him.
A few months later, Tekno contacted him and he invited him over to the house. At this point, Ubi and Iyanya had just moved to a new house. He approached Iyanya with the excitement of signing Tekno to the record label and Iyanya refused.
Iyanya said, according to Ubi, that he wanted to focus on his career and he (Ubi) should concentrate on pushing his career not bringing another artist on board.
Ubi, being the businessman he was, saw the huge potential in Tekno and refused to listen to Iyanya. Also, Iyanya's girlfriend, Freda Francis, called Ubi up and told him to go ahead with signing Tekno paying no mind to Iyanya.
Ubi went ahead to sign Tekno, much to Iyanya's chagrin, and gave Tekno a room downstairs. Tekno refused the room downstairs and wanted a room upstairs because he was not an uncomfortable artist, and at the time, he already had three singles to his name.
Ubi maintained that Iyanya was unhappy with his decision to sign Tekno and did not contribute a dime to promoting him. According to Ubi, he used his personal money to promote Tekno because the company hadn't started making money.
He said Tekno didn't start making money till he released his single, 'Duro'. Ubi agreed with Iyanya that he didn't get any money from Tekno's proceeds because he didn't contribute to it and he didn’t want to go against their contract to share proceeds equally.
He further noted that Tekno and Iyanya had a conversation where the former told the latter that he made 30 million naira. Iyanya confronted him and blew it out of proportion. The owner of Upfront and Personal, popularly known as Paul O, settled their disagreement by telling Ubi to give Iyanya his share of 50%. Afterwards, Iyanya apologized and started enjoying the benefits from Tekno's proceeds.
Ubi debunked what Iyanya said about making only made 145,000 naira from Tekno. He claimed that the singer enjoyed more, although he refused to mention the figure. He has insisted, however, that he has proof of the transactions.