Recently, popular musician Davido was enveloped in a lot of controversies with regards to the recent performance he put up at O2 arena in London. The singer had promised Nigerians, fans and haters alike, that he would sell out at the show. Although photos showed that the place was filled to the capacity, many still argued that there were still vacant seats.
Regardless of the opinions of many, the 26-year-old singer went on to maintain that he really did sell out at the event. He even showed evidences to this effect.
Recently, the musician revealed in an interview with Hot 97 FM how he managed to still sell out in spite of factors that might have prevented that from happening, one of which is the late-coming habit normally imbibed by most Africans.
According to Davido, he had to wait just so those who had not arrived could make it. Although his performance was slated for 8pm, he did not start performing till 9:30pm. He said: “They said I gotta get on stage by 8, and I said alright and then by 8 o’clock my boy come tell me that brother you can’t go on stage right now and I say what you mean, he said brother everybody is still walking around, I looked at the stadium, half empty. I was going crazy.”
It might have been a reasonable thing for him to wait. But this came at a cost. Due to the fact that his waiting was breaching the contract he had had with the management of O2 arena, Davido had to pay a fine.
This fine was no small money. It was charged about 50,000 pounds. This is an equivalent of over N26 million. That is a huge sum of money for someone who is being 'stood up', right?
Well, Davido made the point of saying that he did not care. He just wanted to make his show a success and prevent a whole lot of people from blabbering or taking pictures that would go further than his success.
“I’ll pay two hundred thousand pounds in this place. Me, the way I know my people, people want me to fail.
“If I go on that stage that place is half empty, somebody will take that picture and that picture will go father than anything. I waited till that place was filled.
“I waited for about an hour and thirty before we started. I’d rather pay the fine because people don’t want you to win. Negativity goes way farther than positivity.”
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Even more, Davido described his father as his biggest fan just as he spoke of when and how he began to really succeed in the music industry.
“When I was out here (in America) for like eight months, nothing really happened. But it was when I decided to finally go back home. When I got back home to do what I do, then people started sending me snaps that yo, I’m hearing your songs every day.”
Recently, the 26-year-old singer collaborated with Patoranking to drop the much anticipated video for a particular song.
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