Last Weekend, Nigerian pop star Wizkid performed a sold-out show at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. The starboy headlined an electrifying night with thousands of fans and fellow Nigerian artistes; Wande Coal, Skepta and Tinie Tempah in attendance.
Following his ground breaking performance, some over excited fans began drawing comparisons between Wizkid and Fela. A certain twitter user insisted that Wizkid has surpassed Fela to become the greatest in the [African] continent.
Wizkid has however shut down the comparison debate by according honours to the late Afrobeats Legend – Fela. The Starboy admitted that his buzzed royal albert performance was inspired by Fela’s perfomance at the Jazz Festival in Berlin, 1978.
It also appears that opposed to popular belief, Wizkid isn’t the first African or Nigerian Artiste to headline at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. A twitter user Mr. Aye Dee tweeted that Nigerian-born British singer Sade sold-out the auditorium back in 1993.
People, Wizkid is great, but he is neither the first African nor First Nigerian to sell out the Royal Albert Hall, Sade did so in May 1993.
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) September 30, 2017
Some die hard twitter stans objected this information basing their argument on the fact that Sade is a band and not a solo artiste. Mr Aye Dee however went on to reveal a list of other African artistes who have mounted the Royal Albert stage long before now.
If that’s not enough:
Youssou N’Dour – Senegal
Baaba Maal – Senegal
Salif Keita- Mali
have also ALL sold out Royal Albert Hall
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) October 1, 2017
The Royal Albert Hall soon sent out a tweet, stating that Miriam Makeba from South Africa sold out the venue in 1967.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch with names of other sold-out African headliners, including Miriam Makeba. We may have got that wrong.
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) October 2, 2017
This doesn’t however take away from the greatness of Wizkid.
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