Nope this is not a drill or an April fool’s prank, we have home training, we don’t play like that. Besides, what we are about to tell you is still very top secret, so please be calm.
Are you calm? Okay. According to a top industry insider, Quilox night club, in partnership with Eclipse West Africa, the organisers of GidiFest are currently pulling strings to bring rapper, Drake to Nigeria later this year.
This comes as a major part in plans for the joint venture to bring Nigeria back to its entertainment glory days with international standard music festivals.
Our source further revealed that an unnamed artiste is also billed to arrive alongside Drake to perform in Nigeria for the yet to be announced festival.
Though a definitive date for the event has not been decided, insiders have suggested a late summer timing between late July and early August. We also learnt that the organisers of the event are not thinking small in terms of crowd. Fans will be looking at Lagos Island’s Tafawa Balewa Square for a venue. The ceremonial grounds reportedly housed an alleged “600,000” persons seating crowd for House On The Rock’s Gospel music festival The Experience in 2015. So Drake would be looking at an overwhelming crowd of at least 20,000 people give or take promotions and ticket sales.
However, we feel inclined to tell you not to get your hopes too high. This is not the first time a top billing international artiste was rumoured to be coming to Nigeria. In 2013, Kendrick Lamar was reportedly billed to perform at Eko Hotels and Suites alongside Wale at a concert tagged ‘Rap, Rhythm and Rhymes’. The organisers even went as far as announcing OAP Do2tun as the show’s host and Wizkid, Olamide, DJ Spinall amongst the other artistes billed to perform on the same stage. But without warning, news about the concert slowly slipped out of the media even though Kendrick Lamar’s website did indicate Lagos on his tour schedule for that year. No one knows what happened till date.
But thanks to the increasing exposure of Nigerian artistes and Nigerian music on international fronts, things may be different now. Nigerians may once again get the feel of A-list international artistes on our turf and not tolerable D-Listers like we have seen with Rhythm Unplugged. A feat we have not seen since the days of Star Mega Jam and Nduka Obiagbena’s extravagant This Day Music Festival.
We admit we are not fully throwing ourselves under the bus to confirm the rumour, but we already told you 2016 would be a great year for Nigerian music so whatever happens, you probably heard it here first.