By Chux Odoh
Yesterday, Nigerian Pop star David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido treated over 10, 000 fans to a concert in Suriname, a little unknown country in South America.
The singer who shared moments from the concert on his twitter is still bewildered over the amount of love and popularity of his craft and music in that country.
I remember when we got the Suriname 🇸🇷 booking .. I was like ‘how? Dem know us there? ‘ Last night was so emotional 😭! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AGAIN!!! ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Z8EmyDaHN8
— Davido (@iam_Davido) May 20, 2018
Davido wasn’t the only one who was surprised by the turnout from last night’s concert. Asa Asika, the artiste’s manager also expressed his shock over the milestone. Asa, who shared his thoughts on twitter also described it a moment fit for the history books.
Last night will go down in the books for sure! 10,000 people came out to see Davido in Suriname! Just got extra motivated to take this thing to another level!
— Asa Asika 🔌 (@AsaAsika) May 20, 2018
Before now, many persons including me didn’t know of the existence of this country with little over 500 thousand population, just about the population of a small Local government in Lagos state, Nigeria, the defacto music capital of Nigeria where Davido soldout the popular Eko Hotel venue also with over 10, 000 guests for his December 30Billion Concert.
This Gee just sold 10,000 tickets in a country I had never heard of until this moment. Suriname 🇸🇷! In South America of all places. Audience was singing word for word. Remaining heaven and hell for davido to perform! #global
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A quick research about the small republic reveals Suriname as the smallest country in South America, a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America.
A former colony of the Netherlands, the country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the North, France (through French Guiana) to the east, Guyana to the west and Brazil to the south. At just under 165,000 square kilometres (64,000 square miles).
Suriname has a population of approximately 558,368, most of whom live on the country’s north coast, in and around the capital and largest city, Paramaribo.
Indigenes of Suriname are descendants of slaves from around 17th century, during the Dutch colonial period. It was primarily a plantation economy dependent on African slaves.
It is a big deal that the pop star could pull this feat, in the same week another fellow Nigerian pop star Wizkid has sold out the popular 20,000 capacity O2 Arena in readiness for his Afrorepublik Concert which holds on May 26th.
The power, sound AND message of Nigerian music is surely penetrating to the hinterlands of the world and we all are happy that is happening in our lifetime.
See some reactions from Twitter over the announcement from Davido.
This IS a big deal. Davido is selling out regions most of us will never visit in our life.
This is not Africa, or Europe, or USA.
— Övie (@OvieO) May 20, 2018
10,000 people came to see Davido in Suriname?
This is what I think: Nigerian musical acts should focus on “emerging markets”, I think they are better appreciated there than in Western markets, where they are likely to be regarded as “B list acts”.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) May 20, 2018
Davido shutting it down in South American country, Suriname. They were feeling the music! pic.twitter.com/3MWKms3PzD
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) May 20, 2018
Suriname lohun lohun??
Naaa. Forget. @iam_Davido has PUT IN THE WORK; this year, especially. He has pounded the pavements to a pulp, toured tirelessly. May he continue to reap the rewards. Amin!
— Ruona J. Meyer (@RGAMeyer) May 20, 2018
Wizkid sells out the 20,000 O2 arena in London
Davido shutsdown 10,000 capacity show in Suriname, South America
NAIJA WE’RE WORLDWIDE
GIVE THESE GUYS SOME ACCOLADES!! pic.twitter.com/KC0UPlvbmD
— Oreoluwa Peters (@OreoluwaPeters) May 20, 2018
— Larry Triumph (@LarryTriumph) May 20, 2018
Seedorf and most of the black players in the dutch national team back then where from SURINAME…
— CARTER 👑 (@afuwape_abiola) May 20, 2018
So the first time I’m hearing about a country named Suriname is that @iam_Davido sold 10,000 tickets there and people were singing his music word for word. This is far South America mhen!
If you don’t appreciate Naija music, you’re sleeping on a bicycle.
— Sochima ♠️ (@_Mosky) May 20, 2018