From selling out at his exclusive merch pop up on Friday, to shutting down London’s o2 Arena on Saturday, Wizkid joins Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Elton John, Prince, Alicia Keys, Adele, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears on the list of Artists who have sold out the famous 20,000 capacity Arena in London, UK as Headliners.

An alluring nature of music and an unwavering support of a budding black youth culture is the logic behind the magic of breaking boundaries for the 28 years old Nigerian idol. Sometime in 2017, he made history as the first African pop artist to sell out the Royal Albert Hall in the same city of London and he closed the show by making a promise to the crowd that he was going to sell out the 02 Arena the following year. Fast forward to May 26, one of the most iconic events that will reshape the African music community in diasporan spaces happened. The AfroRepublik indoor festival kicked off with a Question and Answer session chaired by Radio DJ and Blogger, Yinka Bokinni and fast-rising Afrobeat artiste, Mr. Eazi. The 20,000 starboy-nation was roused into a night of electrifying performances and dance from Maleek Berry, Yxngbane, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Giggs, Not3s, Kojo Funds, Tekno, Tiwa Savage and Skepta as well as an introduction of the headliner, Wizkid by Naomi Campbell.

If there was something to pick out from the sterling show, it was the singer’s syncing energy and engagement with the audience who remained true-hearted to their cups and phones to experience everything the night had to offer. There are no records yet, but the AfroRepublik/Starboy festival may be one of the biggest live streamed Nigerian events on Youtube. Devoid of middle grounds or votary partisanship –  it’s clear how an exceptional artiste like Wizkid has paved the way for the emergence of an era of global integration and live performances for the next generation of African entertainers taking their art worldwide and all-inclusive, and unless we continue to experience more shows like this and the diversity that surrounds it, the industry sings the same song.

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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