The organisers of Afro Nation, the largest Afrobeats festival in the world, have canceled their much-anticipated concert in Nigeria. 


Afro Nation is an annual event celebrating Africans in the diaspora. The festival is widely regarded as one of the biggest music concerts in the world.

In September, the organisers of Afro Nation announced the date and venue for its first-ever concert in Nigeria.

They said the concert was scheduled to be held at the Tafawa Balewa Square between December 19 and 20.


But in a statement by Smade, co-founder of Afro Nation, the organisers said the two-day festival will no longer hold.

Although the organisers did not give reasons for their decision, they expressed their disappointment with the cancelation.

“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, the statement reads.


“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 have such a positive impact on the culture, globally, as well as launching the Afrobeats chart 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, so we are heartbroken not to be able to celebrate with you this year.

“Please know, we are 188% 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.”


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The Afro Nation festival debuted four years ago in Portugal.

The festival was founded by Obi Asika and Smade, in association with BBC 1 Xtra. It is produced by Live Nation, Event Horizon, Smade Entertainment, and Memories of Tomorrow.


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