Authorities Cancel Naira Marley’s Valentines Day Concert in Cameroon

by Jewel Ghene

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Nigerian singer and songwriter Azeez Adeshina Fashola, known professionally as Naira Marley, who was billed to perform at a Valentines' Day Concert at Chariot Hotel, Buea, Cameroon which got cancelled not once but twice.

The concert was cancelled due to opposition by Cameroonian artistes. Before the cancellation of the show, the venue for the concert was changed twice.

A press statement by the organiser of the show, Prince Mykel Enobi, read:

“Until last night, The Naira Marley Valentine experience was scheduled for Sunday 14th February at the Chariot Hotel, Buea, but the venue was moved to the Limbe Amusement Park, Mile 4. This eleventh-hour change is as a result of popular demand from Marlians, space constraints and the increasing demand for tickets from fervent Naira Marley fans and 237 music lovers across the national triangle, who have expressed their desire to see their superstars in a bigger space!"

Following the cancellation, a video of Marlian President apologising and assuring fans of a reschedule has been posted by the promoter to pacify anxious fans.

A journalist Joey Akan via his Twitter account claimed that the show was thwarted by Cameroonian artistes who were not happy that a Nigerian singer was the major headliner of a huge concert in their country. Akan in a series of tweets claimed that Special Forces Soldiers stormed the venue and chased everyone away.

Last year, a Cameroonian comedian and actor, Pancho C.Y International, called for a ban on Nigerian music in Cameroon.

In a five minute video, which he posted in December 2020, the Cameroonian entertainer claimed that continuous traction for Nigerian music was robbing Cameroonian artistes of genuine traction in their own country. Also, earlier this year, another Cameroonian artist, Tzy Panchak, proclaimed that he was bigger than Naira Marley and all Nigerian artistes in a viral video.

A similar incident occurred during the arrest of Omah Lay and Tems in Uganda and was corroborated by the two artistes and Tems' manager who later called out Ugandan singer, Bebe Cool for being behind their arrest.

Naira marley has also claimed flayed anger against Cameroonains by Nigerians that not all Cameroonians are bad.

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