The management of Aralola Olumuyiwa, the wondrous forerunner female drummer, widely known by the stage name, Ara, has refuted the story of her return to her former label, Atunda Entertainment.
The story of Ara’s return to the entertainment platform, owned by Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, was featured on Thisdaylive.com on June 18, 2017 with the link: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/06/18/ara-returns-to-atunda-entertainment/
A press release signed by Ara’s manager and publicist, Kanbi Owolabi, described the report as ‘’false’’.
The communication reads in part ‘’ There was no time ARA, Nigeria’s sensational talking female drummer returned back to the stable of Otunba Wanle Akinboboye owned Atunda Entertainment as stated in the report. Ara’s contract expired in 2007 and she has since moved on.
“This is an assumed, calculated and premeditated attempt by Otunba Akinboboye to defraud the general public. At no point in time was ther a dialogue between both parties to renegotiate another contract.
“Ara remains an independent artiste and the story falsely misled and misdirect the attention of the growing fans, associates, clients and international bodies that are associated to ARA in different parts of the world.
“We emphasize the fact that there was never a reconciliation between ARA and Otunba Wanle Akinboboye that warrants her going back to work or perform alongside artistes on her former label”
“ARA never performed alongside any artistes by names: Anu, The Lady Ekwu and Olomidan Bata at any formal launch of Motherland Beckons Ethiopian destination, Al Nejash/Lalibela.”
The statement further enjoined Ara’s publics, home and abroad, to disregard the report of a return to Atunda Entertainment in its entirety.
According to Owolabi, proper communication on how to secure Ara’s service(s) would be deployed very soon.