Nigeria, a dynamic hub of musical talent, is witnessing a global takeover as its artists achieve remarkable milestones, none more iconic than the conquest of the world-renowned O2 Arena in London.
The O2 Arena, a colossal indoor theatre boasting a capacity of 20,000, has stood as a symbol of musical prowess since its inauguration in 2007, hosting diverse events ranging from music extravaganzas to sports, comedy, and entertainment spectacles.
Numerous Nigerian musicians have etched their names into history by repeatedly achieving the incredible feat of selling out the O2 Arena. This achievement marks a paradigm shift, thrusting African music into the limelight of global recognition and influence.
Let’s delve into the stories of five Nigerian musicians who have left an indelible mark on the grand stage of the O2 Arena:
In a historic moment, the 23-year-old Afrobeat sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, became the youngest Nigerian artist to headline a sold-out O2 Arena concert.
The ‘Calm Down’ hitmaker’s performance showcased not only musical prowess but also featured notable guest appearances from Kcee, Ayra Starr, and Crayon.
Burna Boy (2021)
August 27, 2021, witnessed Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, professionally known as Burna Boy, achieving a sold-out show at the O2 Arena during his ‘Space Drift Arena Tour.’
The African Giant made a dramatic entrance in a spaceship, adorned in a white NASA jacket and boots, captivating the audience with his unique musical style.
Wizkid (2018, 2019, and 2021)
Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, emerges as a trailblazer with groundbreaking accomplishments.
His triumphant sell-out shows at the O2 Arena in 2018, 2019, and 2021, along with headlining the New York Madison Square Garden, have played a pivotal role in paving the way for African artists to achieve unprecedented feats on the international stage. The 2021 ‘Made In Lagos’ Tour witnessed a sold-out status within minutes of public sale.
Davido (2019, 2021)
David Adeleke OON, better known as Davido, has conquered the O2 Arena twice, with sold-out shows in 2019 and his recent concert on March 5, 2022.
The ‘Unavailable’ hitmaker’s second sold-out show featured stellar performances from artists like Adekunle Gold, Mayorkun, Patoranking, among others.
Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake, a sensational singer under the YBNL record label, joined the league of O2 Arena conquerors on August 20, 2023.
His electrifying performance, marked by a grand entrance in a helicopter, featured guest appearances from Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Fireboy, and FridayyFridayy, sparking conversations on social media.
These achievements not only underscore the immense talent within the Nigerian music industry but also highlight the global impact and recognition of African music on prestigious international platforms. The resonating success at the O2 Arena signifies a new era where Nigerian musicians continue to break barriers and make an indomitable mark on the global music scene.