In the midst of all the stress of bad news, politics and other unsavoury happenstance that’s been plaguing us, at least one young Nigerian has achieved a high mark in his niche internationally to let the world know that our country is not all stress and political ‘war’. 

David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, last Sunday January 27 became the youngest Nigerian musician to fill out the O2 Arena in London with a sell out crowd of 20,000 who came to watch him perform and dish out perhaps the best we have coming out of Nigeria right now.

Musicians that have previously had sold out shows at the O2 Arena include Beyoncé, Alicia Keys as well as another Nigerian, Wizkid so Davido is in good company. Wizkid’s performance in June last year was a bomb.

Who is Davido? The Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer was born in 1992 and his name featured prominently in the political scene last year when he used his music to campaign for his uncle, Senator Adeleke who contested in the governorship election in Osun State. 

One of his earlier tracks is Skelewu, which was a dance rave on its own. But other songs like Assurance, Wonderwoman, Dami Duro and Gobe have been great to listen and dance to.

Davido has in the footsteps of other top Nigerian musicians like Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his son Femi,  Asa, Lagbaja and others, shown that young people can make it outside of politics and yahoo yahoo.

Reports on the O2 Arena show say the crowd received full value for their money and went home full of praise that indeed something good has come out of Nigeria and the social media has been awash with praises for Davido on his performance.

Where next for Davido? His UK schedule includes another concert in The Birdcage
in Manchester next Sunday 3rd February.

Photos credit: legit.ng

Ogie Eboigbe, veteran journalist, broadcaster and public affairs specialist writes and analyses current and historical issues with a ‘wise pen’.


  1. I have great faith that Nigeria will bounce back and take its rightful place in the comity of nations. We have all it takes in every sphere of human endeavour. Soon the matrix will be well configured. I believe in Nigeria, the home of the most hardworking and resilient people. I believe in Nigeria the home of God fearing (yes, God fearing) and hospitable people. I believe in Nigeria the home of intellectuals, Nobel laureates and pioneers of every good invention in Africa. I believe in Nigeria the home of Chimanda, Whizkid, Davido, Richard Mofe Damijo Genevive, Soyinka, Ekwensi, Achebe etc. The home of Nollywood, great footballers, great cuisine, fashion and beauty. We are in NASA, in the Marines, World Bank, The Hague, you name it we are there making strides and innovations. I am a Nigerian and very proud to be a Nigerian. I believe in Nigeria the giant of Africa.

    1. Most of those names you mentioned are almost now unknown to our young ones because we’ve also lost our sense of history. The education policy went on a somersault due to changes that have brought the whole sector to it knees. But I appreciate your candour. Will it be in our time? The next generation? Or after that? Time will tell.

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