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Davido, Burna-Boy, Tiwa Sawage Join Foreign Artistes for Global Citizen Concert On Sept 25

A cross-section of prominent Nigerian music artistes will join their foreign counterparts to participate in the Global Citizen Live concert kicking off on September 25.

The international event will hold across six continents which include Lagos, Paris, and New York. From Nigeria, the selected artistes include Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Sawage, Femi Kuti, and Made Kuti (Femi Kuti’s son).

Davido, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti, and Tiwa Sawage are billed to perform in Lagos, but Burna Boy will be performing in New York together with international casts such as Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, and Shawn Mendes.

Angelique Kidjo, the Beninese musician and four-time Grammy Award recipient, will be leading Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, H.E.R., Christine and the Queens, and the Black Eyed Peas to perform in Paris.

The concert will also feature Alesia Cara, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste, and Lang Lang for international events in other continents.

Sponsored by Global Citizen, the intercontinental live concert is staged to bring awareness to societal issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, environment, hunger, education, and equality among others.

The concert will campaign for more resources to be allocated to education, food security, coronavirus vaccination, environmental protection, and gender equity among others. It will also address a recovery plan to get the world back on track and foster international cooperation for enhanced living and world peace.

A musician and human rights activist, Femi Kuti, expressed appreciation for being invited to the Global Citizen festival and drew attention to inequalities on vaccination rates in Nigeria.

“I am honored to help bring Global Citizen Live to Lagos, as we lift the voices of Africans everywhere,” Kuti said. “But what is taking place on the continent right now is a tragedy. There is no reason that 1% of Nigerians have been vaccinated against COVID while countries talk of booster shots. The G7 urgently needs to donate at least 1 billion doses by September. It’s time for our leaders to lead and act.”