For those still on the know, international Nigerian superstar, Wizkid made history as he sold out the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London last night – a scheme that helps young world class artistes who haven’t headlined the venue before to have a shot.
The capacity crowd had to wait for almost two hours before he took the stage, causing some fans to wonder why Nigerian artistes never seem to be able to be on time- even on a historic night such as this.
But we guess it was worth the wait as the Starboy set the arena on fire.
His one hour set took the crowd back to his beginnings with EME and through his ascension as Africa’s number one artiste. He also brought out former Mohits/Mavin star Wande Coal to share the moment with him.
After inviting him onstage, he said Coal had been his backbone from inception, and also shared the story of when he once got denied Visa to travel to London for a show and how the Black Diamond lifted him from his downcast mood with words of encouragement that have now become reality.
And to say that during almost every interlude, the singer would shout “You know what Wizkid’s problem is? Too much hit… too many classics,” after which he would delve into another one which would be chorused and chanted by the doting audience.
From the party-starting ‘Pakurumo’ to the infectious ‘Tease Me’, every offering of “the real Starboy” — as he declared himself when he got onstage.
The the Daddy Yo vibe
Then there was the second part of the party…
The show which was broadcast live on his official Facebook page saw him perform Ojuelegba and the tune had the hall going wild. He had to perform it twice as the crowd couldn’t seem to get enough of it. Although when he performed Come Closer, Drake was (again) a no show but who cared; Starboy had come to show he’s the world’s gift from Nigeria.
At various points during the show, fans hopped on the stage to dance with the singer who welcomed them and fully partook, while dissuading security from yanking them off.
Such was the extent of the love the Starboy received from the sold-out crowd, and gave back, on the historic night.
After the show, came the After-Party in celebration of reaching this great feat.
Although his next dream venue is the O2 Arena, for now, he has earned the right to bask in the euphoria of being the first Nigerian artiste to perform at the Royal Albert Hall as a headliner.
There is definitely no stopping Starboy!