Nigerian pop star, Davido has opened up on the extra payment he made for seats to be filled up at the O2 Arena during his recent show in the United Kingdom.
The singer made this revelation while speaking to DJ Ebro on Hot 96 FM in New York, where he mentioned that he had to make an additional £55,000 so as to make his 02 Arena show begin late.
“I was scared though, because first of all, you know how we Africans do, we’re always late, we take time. 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.”
Then Davido said he had to pay for a 55-minute extension which costs £55,000.
“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 farther 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.”
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.”