I paid £55,000 to wait for seats to be filled at O2 Arena-Davido

Davido, top Nigerian Afropop singer, says he had to pay £55,000 at his January concert that held at the O2 Arena for the show to start late.

The ‘Fall’ crooner, who is currently on a tour in the United States, told New York’s DJ Ebro that he had to do so to avoid performing to a half-filled hall.

I was scared though, because … first of all, you know how we Africans do, we’re always late, we take time,” he said in an interview with Hot 97 FM.
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.

he said in an interview with Hot 97 FM.

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He explained that he had to pay £55,000, which was the cost for a 55-minute extension.

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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The 26-year-old singer, who described his father as his biggest fan, said his global success began when he decided to focus on Nigeria.

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.

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