On October 31, Afro Nation, one of the biggest African-themed concert shows, announced its cancellation of the Lagos Afrobeats show scheduled at Tafawa Balewa, Lagos State.
Smade Entertainment, Live Nation, Memories of Tomorrow, and Event Horizon, Afro Nation is a three-day event music festival that was scheduled to hold the first-ever event in Nigeria from December 19 to 20 in Lagos, has been cancelled due to their inability to provide premium concert shows for the Lagos audience fully.
In the statement on their website, they expressed their displeasure in not fulfilling Nigerians’ expectations ahead of the events as they believed that they would be unable to deliver a perfect and successful event that would leave a lasting memory in the minds of Nigerians who would attend the festival.
“Unfortunately, the Afro Nation Nigeria festival in Lagos will now not be taking place. As event organisers, we hold ourselves to extremely high standards, and it has become clear to us that it is currently not possible to deliver a show that is of the quality that Nigeria deserves in December 2023.”
“We are honoured to play our part in the Afrobeats community, providing a platform for artists to connect with fans and to create events that positively impact the culture globally, as well as launching the Afrobeats charts in the US and the UK. We have put on incredible shows in Portugal, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Miami, and Detroit, but Nigeria holds a special place in our hearts. Hence, we are heartbroken not to be able to celebrate with you this year. Please know, we are 100% committed to creating an Afro Nation show in Lagos that we can all be proud of.”
“We know that you are as disappointed as we are, and to all those who have purchased tickets, we love you and thank you for supporting us on this journey.”
“We will refund all tickets, including booking fees. Ticket buyers do not need to do anything but will receive an email with information outlining the refund process.”
Ayomitide Adeyinka is a content writer, crypto journalist and editor with a Bsc in Political Science. He is also an egalitarian.